Some of us are too shy to admit we sleep in the nude. Well, when you read this, well, maybe you’ll be proud of your unusual habit because it may be beneficial to your health.
Live Science addressed to medical experts this question: “Should you keep your underwear on or not?”, doctors responded to it with scientific explanations on the pros of not wearing underwear at night:
According to Dr. Allyssa Dweck, women may benefit from not wearing underwear to bed by aerating their bottom at night to combat chronic vulvitis (an inflammation of the folds of skin outside the vagina) or chronic vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina). Some women whom are naturally prone to vaginal yeast infections, itchiness and irritation, are better off sleeping without panties on.
Dweck suggests that going bare at night may help prevent yeast and bacteria to thrive in dark, and in warm places.
“When a woman’s private part is covered up all day by confining clothing and non breathable fabrics, including sweaty workout clothes or sanitary pads, it can cause vaginal irritation and moisture to collect in this area, providing a perfect breeding ground for yeast or bacterial infections,” Dweck said.
The aeration of the genitals would be helpful for women who are prone to vaginal infections, itchiness and irritation, and baring their bottoms can be part of a general hygiene regimen that might afford them some relief, as Dweck further recommend.
As for the men, science proved that there is neither a health benefit or harm caused by going to bed “commando style.” According to Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist and director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University Medical Center In Palo Alto, California,
“And for men who prefer to sleep in underwear and who are trying to conceive with their partners, there is no significant difference between wearing boxers or briefs,” Eisenberg said.
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However, Eisenberg showed his surprise with how many men had switched their underwear type between the day and night when they were hoping to become pregnant with a partner.
Previous studies about this brought mixed results. Some research suggested that wearing tight underwear could increase the temperature of men’s testicles, thereby causing poorer semen quality, compared with men who wore looser underwear, like boxers. Other studies, however, have not found that men’s underwear choices affect male fertility.