I’ve never really been a fan of thongs, mainly because I just didn’t understand them. Everyone in high school would brag about wearing thongs, but it just never made sense to me then. I now understand the appeal of being able to wear leggings without having to worry about the dreaded underwear lines, so I did eventually learn to like thongs. You’ve probably heard some debates on if wearing a thong is actually bad for your health or not. Well, I’m here to tell you that thongs actually could be bad for your health in some situations. I know, I know, that’s not something you want to hear, but, uh, you need to. For your sake, and the sake of your vagina.
Now, the below facts don’t mean you have to completely rule out thongs, but you need to know this stuff in order to keep yourself healthy. If you’ve noticed that things tend to be funky down there more often than not, and you wear a lot of thongs, that could be the reason. Hey, at the end of the day, you do you, girl. But you should still be aware of what can happen when you wear a thong. Here are a few of the dangerous things that thongs can do:
You're At A Higher Risk Of Vag InfectionsA thong is literally a direct connection from your butt to your vagina. That's not good. Any type of bacteria from down there (like feces) can make its way to your vagina and cause bacterial infections. A good way to stop this from happening is to make sure your thong fits you correctly, so there won't be any shifting around and spreading of bacteria. Image Source: iStock
Thongs Trap MoistureI know that wearing lace underwear is super ~sexy~ but it can also be super ~bad for you~. Whenever you wear underwear that isn't cotton, it traps moisture down there and can put you at risk for infections. If you must wear a thong, be sure it's all cotton so that your vagina can breathe! Image Source: iStock
They Can Cause IrritationAny type of underwear you wear can cause irritation down there, which can be super uncomfortable and even cause rashes. Irritation is caused by friction, which is that awful feeling you get when some article of clothing rubs against you to long. Be sure to wear underwear that fits you properly in order to prevent awful irritation. Image Source: iStock
Irritation That Can Cause Skin TagsOkay, this one actually surprised me a lot. The friction and irritation that thongs cause can actually lead your body to develop skin tags. If you don't know what skin tags are, they are small skin growths that are practically harmless, but they can be unsettling to see on your butt or your vag. Image Source: iStock
You Are More At Risk Of Infection During Your PeriodYou probably shouldn't be wearing a thong while you're on your period for a couple of reasons, but one important one is that your risk of infection is even higher during your menstrual cycle. When you're on your period, your pH balance goes up, which means bacteria is more likely to grow. If you're wearing a thong, that bacteria can move between your anus and vagina, which can cause some gross infections. It's best to stick to regular underwear during your time of the month. Image Source: iStock
You're Also At Risk Of HemorrhoidsIf the possibility of vaginal infection isn't enough to make you throw out your thongs, the possibility of getting hemorrhoids might. A hemorrhoid is when the veins of your anus get swollen, which can happen when you wear a thong too much, due to the friction. They can be painful and even require medical attention if they don't go away. Image Source: iStock
You Could Get Ingrown HairsSince most thongs are tight, they put you at risk of everybody's favorite type of hair: ingrown ones! Kidding aside, ingrown hairs are nasty and uncomfortable, and can be caused after shaving your vagina and then wearing a tight thong. It can honestly happen to any type of underwear, TBH, so it's always important to wear underwear that can help your vagina breathe, like anything made out of cotton. Image Source: iStock
Which of these thong facts surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!