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Underwear Mistakes You Never Knew You Were Making

August 19, 2019

There’s a good chance you didn’t put a lot
of thought into your underwear when you got dressed today. You’re probably worrying more about the clothes
that go on top of those underwear, right? Turns out that might not be the best move
— your lady bits deserve some consideration, and grabbing the wrong pair can have some
seriously unpleasant side effects. Here are the underwear mistakes you should
avoid the next time you get dressed. Not wearing cotton Let’s face it, ladies, cotton underwear may
not be the sexiest choice you can make — but it’s the healthiest. Donnica Moore, M.D., told The Huffington Post, “Silk and synthetic fabrics are not breathable,
which increases the risk of moisture being trapped and retained, which can create a yeast
or bacterial infection.” She added that if you must wear underwear
made from synthetic fabrics, you should at least choose a pair with a cotton-lined crotch. Limit the silky panties to special occasions
— especially those where they won’t stay on very long. Wearing thongs Thongs may be the perfect solution to panty
lines when you’re rocking your yoga pants, but they come with risks that are just, well,
gross. Dr. Jill M. Rabin told The Huffington Post, “That thong may be depositing colonic bacteria
into your vagina or urethra.” If that’s still not enough to make you ready
to trash your thongs, irritation from the thin material can also lead to skin tags on
the vulva and rectum. Rabin added that choosing cotton thongs, wearing
them for short periods of time, and keeping yourself clean will probably keep you healthy…
but is it worth it? Wearing underwear to bed It might not be a bad idea to go commando
under those comfy pajamas of yours. Trapped moisture can lead to increased bacteria
and even yeast infections, and wearing underwear 24/7 can increase that risk. Michigan State University ob-gyn Nancy Herta,
M.D., told Glamour, “Allowing that area to get some air helps
to keep it dry and clean.” If you can’t bring yourself to ditch the underwear
every night, try it out for at least a couple nights a week and see if you notice any improvements. Not wearing them during the day Just because it’s better to let your lady
parts breathe while you sleep doesn’t mean you should plan on going commando all day,
every day. Melissa Goist, M.D, told Health that while
it’s okay every now and then, it’s definitely not advisable to go without underwear in some
situations. According to Goist, going sans-panties while
you wear clothing that causes friction, like jeans, can actually lead to chafing and sores
— which can eventually become infected. No, thank you! Wearing the wrong cut for your body Just because there’s a style of underwear
that you think looks the cutest, doesn’t mean that style will look the cutest on you. Lingerie expert Tomima Edmark told The Berry
that there are five basic shapes for rear ends, and it’s important that you choose the
underwear style that best fits yours. If you don’t, you could end up with undies
that bunch or pull — and that doesn’t look or feel good. Not changing underwear after a workout Sitting around in your sweaty clothes and
underwear after a workout may do more than make you smell a little ripe. According to Jen Gunter, M.D., it can lead
to a female version of “jock itch.” She told Glamour that while it probably won’t
give you an internal infection, it’s not uncommon for women to develop intertrigo, an itchy,
yeast-induced issue in the groin area that’s usually accompanied by a rash. Since it’s often brought on by moisture and
friction, changing into a clean and dry pair of underwear post-workout can go a long way
toward keeping this uncomfortable condition at bay. Laundering them all wrong According to Donnica Moore, M.D., your underwear
requires special detergent. She told The Huffington Post one issue she
sees a lot of is contact dermatitis. She says, “The No. 1 cause of that is your laundry detergent. The tissues that your panties come into contact
with are a lot more sensitive than your elbows.” Moore recommended choosing a hypoallergenic
detergent — or at least choosing one that’s not heavy on the perfumes. When it’s time to dry them, remember, they
call them “delicates” for a reason. Lingerie expert Jenny Altman explained to
Women’s Health that throwing them in the dryer can cause the elastic in your underwear to
get saggy fast. Instead, try using a drying rack or clothing
line. Wearing shapewear too often Those Spanx may give you gorgeous curves,
but they could be doing more harm than good if you’re wearing them too often. Keri Peterson, M.D., told Women’s Health, “If they’re worn too tightly and too often,
the compression has ramifications.” Shapewear works by compressing your body,
but according to Peterson, all that squeezing can actually cause a whole host of issues,
like acid reflux and incontinence. If worn too often they can even cause your
organs to shift — yikes! Peterson says if you don’t have any underlying health issues,
it’s fine to wear shapewear from time to time, but overdoing it can cause major issues. Not buying new ones We buy new sweaters and shoes at the slightest
hint of changing seasons, but how many of us are guilty of wearing the same panties
until they’re literally falling apart? Not only do those old undies not look great,
but Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told Health that they
can actually cause problems. She explains, “Once the elastic is failed and they’re not
staying in place and causing extra rubbing and shifting around, it’s time to throw them
out and get some new ones.” Figure out what works for you When it comes down to it, it’s important to
choose an underwear that feels as good as it looks. While some of the information we’ve mentioned
here might be a bummer to your underwear drawer, you’ll find there are still plenty of choices
out there that look great, feel great, and aren’t bad for your health. Thanks for watching! Click The List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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  • Reply azzy of Avalor October 3, 2017 at 10:07 pm


  • Reply Liz October 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Wear a clean pair every day yah nasties

  • Reply The Artistic Troublemaker October 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Also, early sqaud where you at?!

  • Reply Tiffany plunkett October 3, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Why am I watching the strangest videos lol wtf? The list??

  • Reply Pearl the rebel October 3, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Come on. You just slip them on.

  • Reply The List October 4, 2017 at 1:14 am

    How's your underwear?

  • Reply Laura Gadille October 4, 2017 at 1:24 am

    What about your period days?

  • Reply Christy Woods October 4, 2017 at 4:28 am

    I buy 14 new pair of panties and rotate and throw the out once a Month.Victoria Secret Loves it when I walk in.LoL.

  • Reply Jessica C October 4, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I never wear them to bed lol

  • Reply Amanda Navarro October 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I never understood the point of thongs x..x They look so uncomfortable… (Plus a lot of girls who wear them don't have enough ass to look good in them.)
    And you can still see girls' triangle over their crack (if their excuse is to "hide" panty lines). Just wear lace panties if you don't want panty lines. They're so comfy, and they don't look weird like thongs do…

  • Reply K G October 6, 2017 at 1:21 am

    VS has so many cute styles and patterns of 100% cotton underwear that so comfortable and also the opposite of granny panties like that's all I wear and I personally love their boy shorts, hipsters, and cheekies!!! So cotton no longer equals unsexy!!!

  • Reply l_exi21 October 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I’m the unlucky 13th comment

  • Reply Caroline Chalue October 10, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I don't wear underwear or own any underwear

  • Reply Teriqua Jones October 11, 2017 at 3:25 am

    If only retailers provided a wider range of options for us. Right now we can choose between granny panties, thongs, and boy shorts. What happened to the style we wore in the 80s? Remember those that were cut high on on our ove our hips?

  • Reply Paula Kristoffersson October 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I only care about my underwear though

  • Reply Flamesthatburn331 October 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Holy shit it's underwear. Like 4 options is enough wtf.

  • Reply John Hooyer October 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Fun fact: in Minnesota, it is illegal to sleep while naked. Although I suppose if you wore a dress for pajamas, you're technically naked, though. In any case, I'm just glad I'm a man and, among my many, many privileges, I don't have to worry about yeast infections.

  • Reply Jocelyn Jadus October 23, 2017 at 3:51 am


  • Reply Sharon Eyre October 30, 2017 at 4:08 am

    ..Surely all of this is just common sense and good personal hygiene?!

  • Reply Sandra Smith November 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    i would die if my panty lines show, not cool.just be clean..wash wash, wash.thongs all the way.

  • Reply Logan Demont November 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    My underwear is soo good

  • Reply peekaboots01 November 28, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Thongs are so nasty

  • Reply Kara Rooney May 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I thought u need to wear underwear to bed. or u might have a accident duh… like a bloody accident .

  • Reply anon May 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    i'll just wear a non transparent plastic bag after this vid, more air am i right? -_-

  • Reply Tyla Reynolds August 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Victoria’s secret Pink and stores like Walmart have really nice cotton underwear. It’s also important to wash your underwear before wearing them do to dyes from the fabric.

  • Reply Mood ly September 23, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Im scared for my vagina now

  • Reply Kaitlyn Clavizzao October 9, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Thongs have never been bad to me, I’ve never had an infection with thongs because 1.) I don’t shove them so far up my ass. 2.) most importantly, I don’t wear them all day, I change my panties 2 times a day. But the one thing I didn’t know was that you shouldn’t wear underwear to sleep, I’m definitely going to start doing that.

  • Reply Jessica Hill November 5, 2018 at 8:20 am

    After working in a clothing store, so many of you leave streaks on clothes in fitting rooms. You all are disgusting and thoughtless!

  • Reply Grace Deng November 7, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Who tf doesn’t wear underwear while they sleep

  • Reply yassin Ghg November 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    find a job and keep flying ✈:🏆🎉

  • Reply Robnation January 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    What's underwear?

  • Reply xxjudasXmalicexx February 12, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    100% wrong on that first point I always choose my pairs carefully and I don’t buy anything that isn’t cotton lol

  • Reply sexy teddy February 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I love being a girl, shout out to all the females and their happy healthy sexy vaginas

  • Reply Zoey's Life March 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Thongs are gross

  • Reply Amber Lanehart April 21, 2019 at 3:37 am

    The music is catchy in this video 🎶

  • Reply Egypt * June 1, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Tip: wear panty liners w/any panties ✌☺👍

  • Reply Bob Moffitt August 7, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    The Huffington Post is GARBAGE! Nothing but FAKE NEWS like CNN

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