LifestyleHealth risks associated with thongs: Experts highlight potential for infection and irritation

Health risks associated with thongs: Experts highlight potential for infection and irritation

Not all underwear is healthy for us.
Not all underwear is healthy for us.
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9:22 AM EST, February 24, 2024

In a video published on TikTok, hygiene specialist Mary Futher urges, "Don't wear them every day". Doctors second her statement.

Own any in your wardrobe? It's better to reconsider

These undergarments are available for purchase in any lingerie section. Their invisibility under clothing makes them popular among women, leading to multiple pairs bought at a time. Yet regrettably, constant use of thongs does more harm than good.

Mary Futher, also known by her pseudonym Madame Sweat, elucidated to her TikTok followers how harmful wearing such revealing underwear can be. The hygiene expert highlighted three potential dangers.

"Thongs can lead to urinary tract infection due to the potential transfer of E. coli bacteria. Also, they can induce infections by irritating the vaginal area. Lastly, they may cause pigmentation problems due to chafing," Mary Futher lists.

In an interview with "The Independent", Dr. Shirin Lakhani reiterated concerns about chafing, irritation, and bacterial transfer.

"While most bacteria are harmless, some can cause urinary tract infections and long-term irritation," the doctor stressed.

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Gynecologist Agnieszka Nalewczyńska, who also discussed the issue of thongs on her Instagram, would most likely agree with the previous sentiments.

"Why shouldn't we wear thongs? The anal, rectal area. What's there? Bacteria. When we have such a thin strip, we naturally sweat, and the bacteria on this thin strip run upwards to the vaginal and urethral area as if on a highway," the expert vividly depicts.
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