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- Girls who wear thongs may have the potential for bacteria from the rectal area to be dragged up towards the vagina or the urethra, increasing the chance of infection. Bare skin doesn't cause VPLs (visible panty line) either, so going commando can be a good alternative to wearing a tight thong.
- Alyssa Dweck (2016) cited in "The Dos and Don'ts of Going Commando" on seventeen, 9 August 2016.
- The myth really is true: urinate before and after sex. It's very, very helpful. Doing that naturally flushes the bacteria from the urethra. That way, when you're thrusting, there isn't bacteria to colonize in your urethra.
- Alyssa Dweck (2017) cited in "A gynecologist's guide to sex: Expert answers the 7 most common questions - from fighting infections to period sex to penis size" on Mail Online, 7 August 2017.
- Thongs aren't any worse than full-coverage underwear as far as promoting or decreasing the chance of infection or irritation—as with other styles, it's ultimately the materials that matter. Still, if you opt for a thong, go for one that fits properly and has a cotton crotch panel, as a too-tight thong can lead to chafing, particularly if it's a G-string style.
- Alyssa Dweck (2019) cited in "The Most Breathable Underwear For Your Vagina, According To An Ob-Gyn" on Women's Health, 9 August 2019.
- The right thong with a cotton crotch and non-chafing G-string that fits well is not a problem for those who prefer (to wear) them (as underwear).
- Alyssa Dweck (2019) cited in "19 Best Underwear for Women, According to Fabric Experts" on Good Housekeeping, 18 October 2019.
- Cotton underwear, going commando or thong underwear with a cotton crotch are probably your best bets. Often, if someone is prone to infection, I'll tell them to sleep without underwear to aerate the area. I'll also tell them to put a hair dryer on cool when they come out of the shower and blow-dry their bottom to get rid of excess moisture.
- Alyssa Dweck (2019) cited in "13 Things Your Vagina Secretly Wants to Tell You" on The Healthy, 8 November 2019.
- Plenty of people have been wearing underwear to bed their whole lives and have never had a problem with itching or inflammation. If that's you, there's really no health-related reason to change your habits.
- Alyssa Dweck (2020) cited in "Wearing Underwear To Bed Might Be Bad For Your Vagina" on Refinery29, 29 May 2020.