Underwear has time and again been scrutinized by health advisors for its effect on human health. The experts have invested years in long researches and finally, are able to come up with a consensus.
Generally speaking, healthy women can wear underwear all the time without worrying about any adverse effect on any of the organs. Underwear must be changed as soon as possible when wet or a panty liner can be worn which can easily be disposed off after say, a workout. To avoid contact dermatitis, hypoallergenic cleaning products are advocated for washing underwear.
Health issues arise in the group of women with medical conditions like chronic vulvitis or vaginitis. These are disorders where the bacteria or yeast thrive in a warm, moist and dark environment which is provided by constant wear of underwear. They lead to itching, irritation and inflamed skin, and therefore in such group of women, the best advice is being underwear free. In case this is not possible, then moisture wicking underwear or any underwear with cotton crotchline is recommended.
The post-menopausal women are advised to stay away from tight underwear. This is because hormonal status in this group causes them to have a very thin vulvo-vaginal skin which gets easily chaffed off by tight underwear and may lead to vaginal irritation.
A thong is designed such that it keeps moving as per the body movement, and hence is notorious for bringing forth the anal microorganisms to the vulvo-vaginal area making it prone to vulvo-vaginitis and urinary tract infections.
Very tight lingerie like the shapewear or corsets have long been known not only to impinge on nerves and hinder circulation but also to displace organs which is harmful to the health of the wearer. They may cause tingling sensations, numbness of extremities and can even cause skin sores. Moreover, they are difficult to remove and therefore the wearer may hold it longer than necessary, which indirectly will lead to problems related to urine retention.
For those who think that going commando during the day may be the best idea, here is food for thought: the body has natural secretions which underwear helps to hold. Without underwear you may find yourself moist and be a potential microorganism breeder. In addition, it is best to wear underwear when wearing jeans or similar body hugging outfits, as their rough fabric may rub on your gentle skin and cause harmful sores and irritation. Likewise, underwear is of necessity while wearing clothes with seam to avoid friction.