Here are a few surprising reasons not to wear underwear (or “going commando”). They’re health benefits from an OB-GYN who has reasons that make good scientific sense. Sometimes you need to give your private parts a breath of fresh air, a chance to air dry, and space to breathe. Without air circulation (which underwear doesn’t always allow), your private parts are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.
Should you wear underwear out in public? Yes. It’s important to wear undergarments when you leave the house. It’s especially important if you live in an area where you actually see people, interact with coworkers, or go to school. The following health benefits of not wearing underwear are strictly for at-home use.
I originally wrote this article six years ago, when I was sharing health tips. My writing has shifted focus a lot since then, but these tips have always been popular. I updated it with fresh benefits of not wearing underwear – and also want to share an even more interesting article called 8 Surprising Benefits of Getting Your Period.
Why and When Is It Good to “Go Commando” (Not Wear Underwear)?
“Wearing no undergarments – or just cotton ones – allows the external genitals to dry and reduces bacteria growth that could otherwise make its way into your urethra and cause a bladder infection,” says Dr. Sherry Thomas, an OB-GYN and surgeon at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California on CNN’s “fast and easy tips.”
Letting ALL your body parts – not just the private ones – air dry can be very healthy. It’s most hygienic and healthy to wear underwear during your regular day, especially if you’re leaving the house.
The best time not to wear underwear is overnight
Have a bubble bath or relaxing shower, and sleep in your birthday suit! This gives your privates a chance to air out. If you tend to wear thong underwear a lot, this will also give your bummy a break.
Another benefit of not wearing underwear when you sleep is it may revive your intimate life with your husband or wife. If you’re coping with a chronic illness, you may not feel like being intimate with your partner.
But if you wander around the house in the evening without wearing underwear, you may find yourself revving up! And we know that being intimate is healthy for our bodies and minds…so the surprising benefit of not wearing underwear may actually boost both your immune system and your relationship with your partner.
Why you should wear underwear when you’re out in public
Rashes, lice, infections, and bodily discharge on your clothes are risks for not wearing underwear in public. So, if you decide not to wear underwear for the health benefits, put it on before you leave the house.
Does the thought of not going commando (having to wear underwear when you go out in public) stress you out? Read How to Be Healthy When You’re Stressed and Depressed.
Two questions for you:
- Why are you searching for the benefits of going commando? I’ve always wondered why this article is so popular.
- How did the term “going commando” become associated with not wearing underwear?
I’d love to hear from you below…but only if you’re wearing underwear.
A last tidbit of advice about wearing undies: “Always wear pretty underwear, on account of you just never know.” – Jill Conner Browne.