If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’ll do everything in your power to prevent them. But one doctor-recommended way to steer clear of infections downstairs is to skip the most fashion-friendly type of underthings: Thongs. Your v-string keeps visible panty lines (VPL) away, but some doctors say they can bring on UTIs. On the other hand, there’s not a lot of research supporting the connection between thongs and UTIs. So which is it?
According to the post Thong Threat on Divine Caroline, the only evidence proving thongs are bad for your ladyparts is anecdotal — basically, some people think tight-fitting thongs are more likely to spread bacteria between anus, vagina, and urinary tract — but clinical research hasn’t proven that theory. They cite two studies: One published in The American Journal of Epidemiology in 1987 that showed an association between UTIs, frequent intercourse, and the use of diaphragms, with no evidence that clothing choices made a difference. The other, conducted in 1994 at Japan’s Nara Women’s University, showed that there’s no difference between acrylic underwear and cotton underwear when it comes to sweat in the genital area.
So all you thong-lovers, rest assured: You don’t have to trade your invisi-thongs for infecti-ginas. Just wear what’s comfortable and be aware of personal hygiene. If you get frequent UTIs and wear thongs all the time, invest in a pack of granny panties and test whether or not they make a difference; but otherwise, your thong isn’t clinically proven to make you miserable.
via Divine Caroline
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