Intimate health specialists have revealed that the secret to maintaining a healthy vagina may be down to your choice of underwear.
British cosmetic doctor Dr. Shirin Lakhani of Elite Aesthetics told FEMAIL that it is vital to change undergarments every 12 months because the material comes into such close contact with intimate parts of your body.
The specialist said there is some research to suggest that a washing machine will not always remove all bacteria, such as E.coli, from the underwear, adding, “ It’s both the healthy naturally occurring bacteria we all have, too. . as more sinister bacteria that can result from infections such as thrush and STDs. ‘
Meanwhile, Stephanie Taylor, who is an intimate health expert and director of a pelvic care company Kegel8, revealed that some women must choose to command while sleeping or exercising to maintain a healthy vagina.
Here they show you how underwear can affect your health – and what steps to take to ensure your pants stay healthy …
REPLACE THE PANTS EVERY 12 MONTHS
Wash bras once four times and replace them after one year
Dr. Lakhani advised how often you should wash your bras and said they should be washed at 30 degrees every three to four times to “ keep the bra from shrinking or damaging the delicate fabric. ”
‘Your bra is in close contact with your skin, your nipples and very close to your armpits for a long time.
“As a result, it comes into contact with many dead skin cells from these areas, as well as with sweat.”
Dr. Lakhani added, ‘Likewise, nipples can leak moisture (especially after delivery), and so to avoid a build-up of bacteria that can lead to acne and pimples in the body, I would advise washing bras after every three to four times carry more than this for breastfeeding mothers). ‘
She continued: ‘The bra is designed to be worn to support the delicate tissues and muscles of the chest so that the fabric sags over time and frequent washing and reduces its effectiveness.
“For both reasons, I would recommend changing a bra every year.”
Dr. Lakhani said that it doesn’t matter whether women prefer pants, thong, or briefs, but you should change your underwear annually.
She said, “The crucial thing is that no matter what type of underwear it is, it is still a breeding ground for bacteria that even washing in a washing machine will not always remove it completely.”
Dr. Lakhani added that while most bacteria found in underwear do not cause harm, there are “ some that over time can ’cause problems’ in sensitive areas … such as urinary tract infections, irritations and abnormal discharge. ”
CHOOSE ‘SOFT’ MATERIALS FOR EVERY DAY
According to Stephanie Taylor, an intimate health expert and director of a pelvic care company Kegel8, said choosing specific materials can help maintain a healthy vagina.
She said, “When you next buy a pair of pants, look beyond cut, fashion and color and think about how the material will affect your skin.
Rough and scratchy materials can cause friction and discomfort, so softer materials are a better choice.
Lace or mesh pants are cute for a special occasion, but you shouldn’t be wearing these on a daily basis.
“Silk blends and satins may look nice, but choosing a breathable material such as cotton reduces the risk of infection because no moisture is trapped.”
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE
Stephanie explained that finding the right fit for underwear is not only important for comfort, but can also help maintain a healthy vagina.
She said, ‘If you wear the wrong size and it is just a little too tight, it can not only interfere with your everyday comfort and confidence, but also harm your vaginal health.
‘Fabric that is too tight on your skin can trap heat and moisture and cause an imbalance in the PH levels of your vagina.
Tight underwear can also chafe your skin and cause friction. Irritation along the sensitive area of the skin is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to painful ingrown hairs.
“If your pants leave marks on your skin, it’s time to consider a size up to avoid potential infections.”
Intimate health specialist Dr. Shirin Lakhani told FEMAIL that bras should be replaced every year as they come into close contact with nipples and underarms and therefore dead skin and sweat from these areas, while the pants should also be replaced every year (stock image)
DON’T BE AFRAID TO COMMAND
Meanwhile, Stephanie revealed that women shouldn’t be afraid to go underwear-free, saying, “ Overall, if you have a healthy vagina, going command won’t have a positive or negative impact on vaginal health, so it’s totally up to you. personal preference.’
She explained that it may actually be healthier for some women to command in certain situations, revealing, “ If you’re more prone to vaginal infections, it’s probably a good idea not to wear underwear to bed as this is the time. between the genitals. is exposed to bacteria and minimizes moisture build-up. ‘
She continued, ‘Some experts recommend using command during exercise, as bacteria thrive in a warm and humid environment.
Damp underwear can also cause uncomfortable chafing, so keep this in mind when considering whether to leave the underpants at home while you work out.
“If you decide you are more comfortable wearing underwear, always take the garment off and wash it after every workout.”