12 Embarrassing Questions About Underwear, Answered

Underwear might seem simple enough, but every girl knows that it can easily become complicated and, well, kind of weird down there. Besides the fact that vaginas are super sensitive and need to be in a happy environment that never changes in order to stay healthy, they also do things to your underwear that not everyone loves talking about (although I know every girl reading this knows what I’m talking about). These things can lead to some embarrassing questions about underwear that you might be ashamed to ask anyone.

This is understandable. It’s easy to acknowledge that this stuff is normal and happens to other women, but that doesn’t really make it any easier to talk about. Maybe you noticed some stains that are freaking you out and you have no idea what to do about them. Maybe you’re in charge of the laundry and you truly do not know how often underwear needs to be washed. You might be that person who likes to wear it as much as possible before washing it, and in that case, you might be wondering if what you’re doing is gross.

So how are you supposed to find out if what’s going on is normal or weird? Read this article, obviously. Here are 12 embarrassing questions about underwear, answered: 

Is It Bad To Wear The Same Pair More Than One Day?

Society may tell you that reusing underwear two days in a row is gross and horrible, but it's actually not. In fact, experts say that as long as underwear isn't visibly stained or dirty, it's totally fine to wear it more than once before washing it - it can actually be fine to wear it a few days before washing it.

There are, of course, exceptions. Like I said, if your underwear is visibly stained or dirty, you should take it off at the end of the day and wash it. If you have a cut down there, you should probably put on a new pair, just to make sure you don't get an infection. If you work out or doing something that makes you very sweaty down there, wash the underwear as soon as possible. A warm, moist, sweaty environment is exactly what your vaginal bacteria wants so that it can turn on you and give you an infection. And, of course, if the underwear or you smells, you should probably change it. But if everything looks fine? Go ahead and wait.

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Are Poop Stains Gross and Weird?

Also known as skid marks, poop stains on underwear can be very embarrassing. Yes, we all poop, but still - do you ever really want someone to spot your poop-stained underwear? I doubt it. But, it happens, and it can make us feel quite gross, which begs this question: are poop stains weird?

No, they aren't weird or abnormal. Poop stains happen if we don't wipe correctly, so they can be avoided - just wipe more thoroughly. They can especially happen with thongs, which is why thongs can be bad for you (more on that soon). But just because they're not weird doesn't mean they aren't bad for you. Bacteria from those stains can get into your vag area, which can quickly cause an infection.

Think of it this way: if you got a poop stain on a shirt, would you shrug it off or immediately throw it in the laundry? You'd wash it. So wash your underwear once you notice skid marks. That's it!

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How Often Do You Wash It?

We've already covered the fact that it can be okay to go a few days without changing your underwear. But how often should you wash it generally? Some experts do recommend washing your underwear after every single wear, which is what a lot of people do - it's just a best practice. It's the easiest way to keep your undies clean and safe. Personally, I recommend washing your underwear after each use, even if it isn't dirty or smelly - it's down there and you never know what could be going on! It's better to be safe than sorry.

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How Do You Get Rid Of Discharge Stains?

Discharge stains are the worst, after poop stains of course. Streaks of white or cream colored discharge on the inside of your underwear can seem impossible to get out, and can sometimes ruin your underwear forever.

Here's what you can do: as soon as you notice the stain, try to get it out. It's harder to get stains out when they sit. Before washing, run it under cold or warm water in a sink. If the stain is really bad, scrub it with an old toothbrush or something similar. You can then spray it with something like Shout or another spray laundry detergent, and then put it in the wash. Hopefully that works!

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Are Thongs Bad For You?

I'm sure that you've seen studies on how thongs are really bad for your health. Honestly, that sucks, because thongs are so convenient. They help cover up your area down there while also making sure that you don't have visible panty lines. I mean, of course panty lines aren't the worst things in the world, but they are quite annoying.

The truth is, thongs can be pretty bad for your health down there. The problem is this: that little string up your butt can easily get infected with bacteria from poop and your butt. A thong makes it incredibly easy for this bacteria to travel into your vulva, which can lead to an annoying infection down there. So, they're not the best for you, but they also aren't the end of the world. If you want to wear them, be sure to wipe very thoroughly, and take them off if you notice they're stained.

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Is Going Commando A Bad Idea?

Going out without wearing underwear can feel dangerous, strange, and a little nerve-wracking. A lot of people will squeal something along the lines of, "ewwwww!" when they hear someone isn't wearing underwear, but honestly guys, it's not that serious. In fact, going commando can be good for you. Your vagina needs air and freedom. When it is constantly trapped inside tight underwear, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to infections. Going commando allows it to breathe more, which helps cut down on infections.

How Do You Get Rid Of Period Stains?

Ugh, period stains are so annoying. They have the power to ruin your favorite underwear, because honestly, it's hard to get a bright red stain out of something light-colored. But they're not impossible to deal with!

Luckily, you can get blood stains out. Try to find detergents that have oxygenated bleaches and enzymatic cleaners, which are best for blood stains. If you don't have that and want to get it out now, you can use hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice - but only on lighter colored clothing. Those things can easily bleach darker colors. You can also try mixing aspirin and baking soda to make a paste to scrub on the stain. In a pinch, you can even try washing it out with saline solution (contact lens solution).

How Do You Know When You Need New Underwear?

The annoying thing about clothes is that, no matter how often you wash them (or actually because of how often you wash them), you still need new ones eventually. The same is true for underwear. So how do you know when you should replace old pairs? It's really pretty obvious: if your underwear has stains that won't come out, are ripped and torn, or just don't feel comfortable on you anymore.

Here's a little recommendation: keep some older underwear around for the days when you're not trying to impress anyone or when you're staying home being a bum. Why mess up new underwear when you could wear old underwear?

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What Are You Supposed To Wear When Working Out?

Exercise and underwear don't go super well together. Regular bikini cuts bunch up, or show panty lines through tight exercise pants, plus they give you wedgies. Hipster cuts mean a definite wedgie. Thongs and g-strings seem like they would be good, especially for tight pants, but they're not ideal for working out - they get sweaty and mix with the bacteria down there and can quickly cause an infection.

So what's a girl to do? Well, first of all, there's nothing wrong with wearing no underwear. For one thing, it might be more comfortable, and it's also totally safe. But if you're going to do something where chafing may occur, I suggest looking for seamless underwear that doesn't show up as much or is made specifically for exercise.

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Is One Type Of Fabric Better Than Another?

Yes! Cotton is the best fabric choice for underwear. Cotton might not be the ~*~sexiest~*~ choice, but it is the healthiest one. Cotton breathes more than any other fabric, and we already discussed how your vag needs to breathe. So yes, I know that silks and lace are sexy and desirable, but try to wear cotton - as close to 100 percent as possible - as often as you can. There's nothing wrong with a lacy pair once in a while, but try to stick to cotton for the most part.

Is There Any Kind Of Underwear That Will Help With Sweat?

There is indeed underwear on the market that claims to wick away sweat down there. Does it work? That I can't tell you. But you need underwear and it's not expensive, so you might as well try it. But honestly, when it comes down to it, you're just best with cotton.

You can try these Jockey StayCool Bikini for $25.50

How Many Pairs and Kinds Of Underwear Do You Need?

There is no set amount of pairs of underwear you should have. You can have as many as you want! I suggest having enough pairs to go at least two weeks without washing a pair and still having a fresh pair every day. That way you're covered! I personally, have maybe 100 pairs of underwear because I am a crazy person who can't stop shopping, but that's a lot.

As for what kinds of underwear, I strongly suggest a variety. Every girl should have a whole bunch of sets of comfortable bikini cut underwear. Bikini cut is the most popular and often comes in cotton fabrics. You should also have a bunch of thongs to wear when you need no visible panty lines - try to buy them in cotton fabrics. Get yourself a few pairs of pretty, sexy underwear you wouldn't mind someone else seeing. A lace thong, like one from Hanky Panky, is great. Lastly, you might want some boy shorts for sleeping or wearing under dresses.

What is your embarrassing question about underwear? What did I forget? Let me know in the comments.

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