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Should you be sleeping in undies or commando?

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
March 14th, 2016

So, word on the street is that you shouldn’t be wearing undies to bed at night. Regardless of whether you’re a male or female, “they” – the experts in the field of vaginas and penises – recommend that you should go to bed sans-underwear. Commando-style.

The word on my street is that you keep your undies on. At all times. Look, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t dabbled from time to time in a bit of undie-free sleepwear, but in most cases, I’ve woken up during the night feeling like something’s missing and, quite literally, something is. My undies. I just feel too free without them on, like, a bit exposed? Breezy even?  Monty is the same. She loves her Bonds so much that she insists of having them on always and forever, only parting ways for showering and other activities that require her vagina to escape it’s fabric-covered prison.

If you’re not a fan of the words “moist”, “warm”, “absorbent” and “bacteria” you might want to strap yourselves in because this is going to get ugly.

According to Dr Alyssa Dweck, who co-authored the book V is for Vagina, “I often tell my patients to sleep without underwear.”

“If [the area] is constantly covered – especially by a fabric that’s not moisture-wicking or absorbent – moisture collects, [creating the] perfect breeding ground for bacteria or yeast.” Thanks Dr Dweck, that made me feel a little N for Nauseous.

Undies off, ladies. Dr Dwick said 'bacteria' and 'moist'. Ewwww...

Undies off, ladies. Dr Dweck said ‘bacteria’ and ‘moist’. Ewwww…

But it’s not just us ladies that should let our bits live a more airy life. Urologist Brian Steixner told MensHealth.com, “Your drawers keep heat and moisture in – and bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments. More bacteria makes for higher likelihood that any chafed or irritated skin down there becomes infected.”

No jocks could also be the answer for better sperm production, with Dr Steixner saying that sleeping in underwear can make the testicles too warm and therefore, compromise the “quality” of the sperm. An alternative option for the guys who like to keep their bits tucked away is to sleep in loose, cotton boxers. Let that air circulate guys, for sperm’s sake.

My laziness is probably a massive contributing factor here, but I like to wear my PJ’s for 2-3 days before giving them a wash (is that gross?) so committing to washing them or worse, my sheets, every day is never going to happen… no matter how much my vagina tells me she wants to be set free.

So for now, I will continue to keep my vagina, who I love very dearly, under wraps. I promise to treat her right and dress her in only the most breathable cotton known to man and maybe every now and then, I’ll give her a run in the fresh air. She deserves it!

Tell us, do YOU wear undies to bed?

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  • Liana

    You totally can if you wear Modibodi underwear, they are moisture wicking and anti microbial

  • Show+Tell

    Thanks for the tip Liana xxx

  • Cay

    Not change your underwear every day?