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4 damn-good reasons why your vagina hates thong panties

Published on:26 November 2020, 15:06pm IST
Thongs are fancy and pretty, but also horrible for your intimate skin and vagina. Here’s how thong panties can impact your vaginal health.
Shreya Gupta
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Ladies, please ditch those thongs! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Wearing regular panties under a bodycon dress or jeans is a big no-no. You see, this kind of combination comes with the embarrassment of visible panty lines. During such situations, thong panties are saviours. In fact, many women would go as far as saying they’re essential but are they safe to wear?

It is believed that wearing a thong underwear can cause irritation, infection, itchiness, rashes and ingrown hair. You’re the one who will make the ultimate decision about the undergarments you wear but you should know that wearing thongs regularly can impact your vaginal health.

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Here are four ways in which wearing thongs can impact your vaginal health:

1. Thong panties can alter the pH of your vagina

Most thongs are not made of cotton, using alternate materials like synthetic and lace. These materials make it difficult for the skin down there to breathe. Non-breathable fabric causes extra moisture which can lead to an increase in the growth of bacteria and further change the pH balance of your vulva and vagina.

2. You might notice a change in odour

A particular type of odour is common and completely normal but if the odour has changed to something more pungent, it is time to look at the underlying causes. Since the fabric of the thong is usually not breathable, the excess moisture increases the chance of vaginal odour due to bacterial overgrowth or a yeast infection.

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Think twice before wearing synthetic underwear, girls. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Thong panties can increase itchiness

The fabric, the string and basically the very design of thongs can lead to itchiness and irritation. Lace and other synthetic materials are harsh on your skin to begin with, but the string that is directly in touch with your privates causes friction which can result in inflammation and itchiness.

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4. They can relocate bacteria

The thin and stringy pattern of the thongs can shift the bacteria from your bums to your vagina and vice-versa. Make sure that you are wearing the right fit or not wearing thongs at all. This will cut down the risk of bacterial infection.

So, try picking the cotton thongs that are comfortable and soft on your skin if you cannot completely ditch them. Make the right choice now that you know the health impacts!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.