Quick note: I am going to use the word “underwear” in this post, because I hate the word “panties.” Stick with me here. Anyway, not to get too personal, but you might not being wearing the right size underwear. I don’t mean to call you out, but there are a lot of things that go into choosing the right type of underwear for you, and you might not have taken the time to actually figure it out. I don’t blame you, TBH, since I normally just run into Victoria’s Secret, find whatever is cute and on sale, then head out before I get too tempted to spend $80 on fancy lingerie set that I will never wear. Even though it is time efficient, it’s not really practical. You should be paying more attention to the underwear you buy.
Maybe you think you’re getting the right size underwear, but you slowly begin to notice weird things going on down there. Believe it or not, those things can sometimes be attributed to wearing ill-fitting underwear. I know! It’s shocking. You figure, as long as you’re covered down there, you’re all good, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Luckily, there are a few key ways to know if you need to reevaluate your sizing. It might sound like no big deal, but it IS. Take a look at these signs that you’re wearing the wrong size underwear, so you can be healthy and happy down there in 2017!
You're Getting Yeast InfectionsIMPORTANT! If you're getting constant yeast infections and you don't know why, it could be that your underwear is too tight. If it's too tight, bacteria can get trapped down there which can lead to uncomfortable situations, like yeast or bacterial infections. Switch up your size if this happens to you often! Image Source: iStock
You Get HeartburnI didn't know this...but underwear that's too tight can actually lead to heartburn. Yes, you read that right. If it's high-rise underwear that's too tight, it could press against your stomach and cause heartburn. So, instead of blaming the pizza you just ate, you might need to switch your underwear size. It could really make a difference! Image Source: iStock
All The Underwear You Own Is The Same SizeLet's get real: every girl should have a few different sizes in her underwear collection. As much as we don't like to admit it, our bodies fluctuate in size, mostly around our menstrual cycles, and sometimes one pair of underwear won't fit. If you wear pads while you have your period, you might want to make sure your underwear is a little bit bigger, so you can wear one without suffocating your vag. It's good to have a variety of sizes so that you can always be comfortable, no matter what. Source
You've Had This Pair For A WhileGuys, underwear stretches after a while. For example: maybe you purchased underwear in a size large a few months ago, and you’ve recently noticed that it now fits more like an extra large. If so, it's time to get a different pair. You want to make sure to get cotton underwear, since it is better for your vagina, and won't stretch or tear so easily. Image Source: iStock
You Don't Know Your MeasurementsI know small, medium, and large are all the basic underwear sizes, but it's hard to put every single body on earth into just one of three categories. In order to find out your underwear size, you should know your hip and waist measurements, then use this chart to figure out what will fit you best. Source
You Get LinesIt's okay to have underwear lines showing through your leggings. We are HUMAN. But if your underwear is so tight you're getting uncomfortable lines and indentations, it can cut off your circulation and be very painful. Try to go a size up. It can make a huge difference. Image Source: iStock
You're Itchy Down ThereIf your underwear is itchy, it could mean one of two things: it's not the right material, or it's way too small on you, and it's irritating your vag. You need to be able to breathe down there, and if you're constantly scratching, you need to try a different size. Image Source: iStock
You Always Get A WedgieUnless you're wearing a thong, your underwear shouldn't really be riding up your butt. That can cause all sorts of problems, and not to get too gross, but if bacteria from your butt gets too close to your vagina, it can be...bad, and lead to infections. Image Source: iStock
They SagSure, tight underwear sucks, but so does saggy underwear! It it wrinkles in your leggings or jeans, you're probably not wearing the right size. You want your underwear to be comfortable, and saggy underwear might make you look frumpy. Not too tight, but not too loose either. Image Source: iStock
Which one of these signs surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!