They are our most trusted ally. Day in, day out, they sit quietly between our bum and clothing, hiding bits, protecting other bits, and generally making us feel safe against the perils of windy sidewalks and tight white denim.
But at the same time, they are our most neglected friend. We wash ’em in vigorous cotton cycles, tumble dry ’em in searing heat, leave them tossed on the floor, under beds, in gym bags. We buy them too small, too lacy, too tight, too uncomfortable – and neglect them in favour of the trusty Bonds Boyleg.
But our relationship with our dearest undie drawer could be forever repaired (and saved from the bastardly boyleg) if you do not commit these cardinal sins of lingerie.
Look after your undies and they will look after you.
Go on…TREAT YO’SELF.
1. Thou shalt buy the correct size.
Underwear that is too tight – ie. causes a serious camel toe or muffin top – is going to make for one very unhappy vagina.
“If your panties are leaving marks on your skin, you are putting yourself at risk for vaginal infections and rashes,” says obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Octavia Cannon told Cosmopolitan.
Ignore the official sizing on the tag – every brand will be slightly different. Big undies = happy bum.
2. Thou shalt steer clear of chemicals.
Our clever little vaginas depend on an incredibly delicate balance of natural yeast bacteria that serves to clean and protect.
Upset this balance, and y’all gonna end up with a nasty yeast infection. This can happen by introducing foreign chemicals into the area via fancy detergents or fragrances.
So, as tempting as it might be to have your crotch smelling like patchouli, opt for the fragrance and chemical free clothes wash instead.