It’s all about the underwear.
Are you keeping your lady bits healthy? Here are 7 women’s health questions you should ask yourself to make sure everything is in tip top shape down below.
1. Is your underwear too tight?
Oh! The lines! Let’s face it; no one wants to look like an overstuffed sausage. And “ouch!” to the chafing of the skin. Not to mention the vaginal irritation, especially if you are post-menopausal. If you’re getting red lines as a result of squeezing into those ‘itsy-bitsy, teeny weeny’ polka-dot bottoms, then perhaps it’s time to get a bigger size.
2. How important is that thong?
As sexy as they might make you feel and despite the lure of an invisible panty line, they do put you at a higher risk for yeast or bacterial infections as they transport bacteria from the back to the front. However the healthier you are, the less likely that is to happen, so if you’ve never had a problem, go for it!
3. Is your shapewear decreasing your circulation?
Even the Kardashians love their shapewear, as Khloe Kardashian puts it, “It’s not about making you look thinner, it’s about no lines.”
But, if it’s too tight you run the risk of having nerve impingement and decreased circulation. And forget about a quick and easy bathroom break — much like wearing a ‘onesie’, you’re not going to take five minutes. AJust think, if you’re out on a date, you definitely don’t want to take seven light years in the bathroom, who knows what he might think! What inevitably ends up happening is you hold it in and in turn cause all sorts of bladder problems. No, thanks!
4. What fabric are you using?
As Jill Conner Browne, from The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love puts it, “Always wear pretty underwear, on account of you just never know.”
While most women do love a pretty print, or sexy lace, we should be steering clear of synthetic materials, as they are not breathable, which can cause yeast or bacterial infections.
5. How sweaty am I ‘down under’?
To put it simply, keep it clean ladies. If you’re active or just happen to sweat a lot, then it’s time to change. If you’re exercising, you should change your underwear as soon as you can, given that a warm, moist area is an inviting place for a yeast infection.
“Life is like underwear, should be changed twice a day.” – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing.
6. Is your vagina upset with your washing powder?
Vaginal tissues are extremely sensitive, and may become irritated with your detergent of choice. This is something to be aware of. If you’re experiencing rashes or itching, washing powder or fabric softener could very well be the problem. Try changing your detergent, and see if the rash subsides.
7. Should I sleep in my birthday suit?
It’s a case of, if not, why not? While some women would prefer to sleep with some coverage, others feel the need to air their bits for the night. Materials can cause problems and if your vagina is irritated by the constant ‘fabric invasion’, rather take a break.
No panties, no problems.
However, during the day — unless you really do want to go to work in your birthday suit — underwear is recommended, as clothing is often not lined. Pants and shorts can irritate sensitive areas and skirts and dresses can’t absorb any moisture which can cause embarrassing problems.
At the end of the day, underwear is a very personal thing, as long as you’re thinking about these womans health issues, to each to their own. Our bodies are all unique, thongs for some, rashes for others — cotton for Betty, lace for Veronica.