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Is It OK To Wear Underwear To Bed? Here's What Doctors Have To Say

Marilyn Monroe once famously said that the only thing she wears to bed is a few drops of Chanel No. 5 to bed. And now many moms are thinking, should they do the same? In other words, there’s a new report that asks this question: should you wear underwear before going to bed at night? Well, it depends.

According to The Today Show, experts have uncovered the truth about whether or not you should wear underwear to bed. If there is anything that women have learned over the years, it’s that less is actually more, especially when it comes to the activity that goes on “down there.” To put it bluntly, there’s no reason to buy expensive probiotics, supplements, and perfumes for our private regions.

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But what about underwear? The good news is that there really is no scientific evidence that says you should take off your underwear before heading to bed for a good night’s rest. Right now, there’s nothing that backs up whether wearing underwear typically bolsters your health or not.

“Your vagina and vulva don’t have lungs. In fact, it is a no-oxygen environment,” says Dr. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist. “You don’t need to air anything out.”

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With that being said though, if you do decide to wear latex or pleather underwear, you might causing some excessive sweating at night. But when it comes to wearing underwear or not, it all comes down to personal preference. If you want to wear it, do it. If you don’t, skip it. There really isn’t a wrong or right answer.

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In addition, the less maintenance, the better your vagina will feel and look. Dr. Gunther points out, “Your vagina is great. The whole area is designed to deal with crud. Every time you over clean it, over-pluck it, you are actually damaging the system that takes care of it.”

And for those wondering but are too afraid to ask, yes, you can skip your laundry day and wear the same pair of underwear two days in a row. Health experts agree that as far as health is concerned, there is no issue with wearing the same pair of underwear for more than 24 hours. As long as your underwear remains clean (with no marks of urine, stool or discharge), then that’s one less thing you have to worry about.

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