The Surprising Health Benefits of Not Wearing Underwear (Going Commando!)

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 Surprising Health Benefits of Not Wearing Underwear (Going Commando)
Should You Wear Underwear?

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:

  1. Why are you searching for the benefits of going commando? I’ve always wondered why this article is so popular.
  2. 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.


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18 thoughts on “The Surprising Health Benefits of Not Wearing Underwear (Going Commando!)”

  1. I was searching for the benefits of not wearing COTTON underwear. I’ve heard that bamboo or hemp underpants are softer and nicer than cotton or gross polyester. If you have any tips or information on bamboo or hemp underwear please tell us.
    I don’t were going commando came from but it’d be easy to find on the internet.

  2. I go with out underwear in the summer, if I do wear underwear, it gives me Jock Itch, then I have to medicate. I have been going to a dermatologist about this problem for about 2 years, so going with out the underwear helps. Plus the Rx he has given me.

  3. I go without undies all the time. Advantages: a feeling of freedom, comfy, dryness, and makes you feel good knowing your free while interacting with other. Disadvantages: no sexy undies, and you stand a chance of getting urine or feces stains on your pants. While I probably own more types of undies than most men, commando is always fun!

  4. Hello

    Me I’ve been going commando for two years now. I will admit that it feels much better then with underwear. Especially when it’s way hotter than normal in my area. I’m just north of Detroit, Mi. It was 88 degrees outside. So I am happy I don’t wear any underwear in that heat because I feel worried about my area down there

  5. If I don’t wear underwear I don’t feel comfortable. I understand these reasons for not wearing underwear but I definitely want to keep my shorts on!

  6. I stopped wearing underwear around 15 years ago. It has been so nice. The comfort without underwear is amazing. I never thought it would be so nice. There are occasions when I do wear underwear but not often.

  7. I am male 61 years old. I too, learnt freeballing very young, may be around five or six, when in shorts, in my family with my parents, who were also underwearless in summer. My grand parents -at least on my father side- were also going commando. My grand father was freeballing, and I saw him often dressing in summer as doors were always opened, as I was sleeping in a room aside my grand parents bedroom.

    It was for comfort with more breathing and also for a bit less laundry , with no underwear and no socks for the family to take care of.
    This was in France in the early sixties. In fact, as I quickly appreciated it, it has been soon no brief at all for me when at home or during vacations.

  8. Thanks for your thoughts on the benefits of not wearing underwear! Personally, I’d never be able to go without my undies, but I think it’s cool that some people can go commando. Glad to get a different perspective on life! :-)

  9. I’m a woman in my 50’s and haven’t worn underwear since the early 90’s. It was a lifestyle decision my husband and I made and though it was a little difficult to get used to at first, I can’t imagine every wearing any again. I also have two adult daughters who share the proclivity for going sans.

  10. When I was a young child my mother seldom wore underwear, so it was natural for me to do the same. At school several of the girls in my class also went without. I am twenty seven now, and still never wear underwear. The benefits are exactly what this article said, I am very healthy!

  11. Since I have learnt that sleeping with a panty causes some vaginal infection, then its better that I sleep without to allow the externals to dry and reduce bacteria growth that could cause a bladder infection. I was once infected because I didn’t knew that sleeping with panties, leggings, tights and some feminine products can cause complications but now I know the benefits of not wearing underwear so I stay healthy.

  12. My name is Tyler Scott I live in syracuse utah and I dont wear underwear at all I never have worn any and I will nevet wear any.I love it Im greatful and happy I come from a family where no one wears underwear at all and where no one has ever had any underclothing to wear ever at all. We all truley have always gone without wearing underwear and always will go without underclothing.

  13. Guys try sloggy its a great brand for cotton/lycra underwear their expensive but really good standard underwear for women and men. I assure you will never want to wear anything else ever again. Its not just the lower half that should be free from clothing but the top half for women too, our bodies were never meant to pulled in all the time for fashion sake. I think its really harmful to put our young preteens in tight underwear and shame them when they are not restricted in ugly underwired bras or skimpy panties- don’t sexualise their clothes or yours. I wonder how many cross dressers/guys would want to dress up in women clothes if we the media didn’t sexualise the clothes or underwear. We need fresh air to circulate around our skin if want to feel and look healthy, however if exposure is a issue because of modesty needs then wear loose or semi fitted clothes instead and the same applies to your feet.

  14. I agree sleep in your birthday suite and wear cotton under your work and school clothes. Gives all our part room to breath!

  15. I am male 44 years old. I wear loose Cotte underwear. But they ride up my crotch and makes it very uncomfortable. I tried performance pieces that wick and supposedly are anti-odor. But they are not made to wear as underwear. And Twhites are too constricting and too tight for my groin area. So I tried not wearing underwear and it was great. But I did that twice. And now I have pain at times coming from my urethra. But does not hurt when I pee. But I had a bicycle accident and got hit by a car just 3 days before. So is the pain from the accident or does a urinary infection happen that fast?

  16. If you don’t wear underpants under a short skirt, or wear skimpy ones, so that your bare butt is exposed to whatever you’re sitting on, you should keep a cloth with you to sit on so your bare butt won’t be in contact with a seat where other people’s bare butts may have been!