Q: I want to know more about maintaining underwear hygiene. How should I wash them and when do I throw them away?
A: Underwear hygiene has been ignored for so long (especially by gynecologists), but it’s incredibly important.
Your panties are the most intimately engaging garment that you’ll wear as a woman. Discharge happens as a natural occurrence. It’s not always malodorous or infected, and it can be normal. With that being said, your panties are the receptors of all the discharge. You remove your panties at the end of the day and toss them in the wash, which is typically done every week or so. Until laundry day, the discharge is soaked into the cotton crotch of the panties, creating a layer of bacteria (as in vaginitis), yeast and mold. Yes, mold. Unfortunately, conventional (natural or not) detergents are not designed specifically to remove these particular pathogens and mold.
So what happens? The panties become infested with the bacteria, yeast and mold. When up against the skin, not only do these panties carry odor, they cause skin irritation, skin eruptions, itching, swelling and even rash – all of which can also be caused by the harsh detergents that you use to “clean” panties. This might be the culprit in why certain patients feel like they live at the gynecologist. As I always say, everything that itches isn’t yeast.
So how do you fix it? Grab a highlighter, because your answers are here.