Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy UofA
Member of the ACA College of Supervisors
Level 3 Member Australian Counselling Association
Just to clarify any potential misconceptions right from the start. When I refer to your thong I am not talking about your everyday, beach heading, rubber thong that you flip flop around on. I am referring to that skimpy little creation made out of lace and nothing much else.
The visible panty line has been a curse for women since time began. The thong provided the perfect solution to this dilemma, or did it?
Before I get into the nitty gritty of it all I feel compelled to declare that I have nothing against the thong personally. Yes, I do find them a little confronting and more than a little distasteful at times. Particularly when flashed at the local shopping centre.
Call me a prude but in my opinion there is nothing more off putting at eight thirty in the morning than having to deal with far too much of someone's anatomy as you reach for your can of peas at the local supermarket. Talk about the elephant in the room. My opinion on this is not at all motivated by my age or my physical decay, even in my prime I would have found it disturbing. Sometimes less is more, if you know what I mean!
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Okay back to the purpose of these prose. Are there health concerns regarding the wearing of this slayer of the visible panty line -the thong? Well apparently the answer is yes for certain women.
For healthy women there aren't too many dangers (excepting those which come from the misuse of said garment). However if you are a woman who is predisposed to vaginal or urinary infections there may be cause for concern. The main reason being it can be difficult to eradicate the infection when constantly wearing a thong, constantly being the operative word.
Bacteria has a strong ground to breed in because thongs are predominantly made from man made fibres. The nature of the design means the material lays directly on the skin between the vagina and the anus. It rubs this delicate skin and can then cause little tears around the vulva and clitoris.These little tears provide pathways for the bacteria laden microbes.
Thongs do come in cotton however that doesn't necessarily make them a better option. If gusset is the only part made of cotton it still does not allow adequate ventilation for your tender lady parts. The one hundred percent cotton thongs are fine. You should note that even with one hundred percent cotton if the underwear is ill fitting then there is still the potential for irritation from rubbing.
Cotton underwear is the best for optimum health. There are some really sexy options in cotton. I know, I know it sounds a little strange but the humble cotton undies have undergone a style revolution. The days of the waist high wonders being the only option in cotton are well and truly behind us.
I think it is all about balance, if all you wear is man made fabric thongs then you could be setting yourself up for a problem or two. Some studies have suggested the continual irritation can cause other problems such as hemorrhoids. Not so sexy now.
Ventilation is needed to keep things healthy and cotton provides that. Perhaps the answer is to organise some thong free days so you can have the best of both worlds.
I think I have answered my own question. There is no need to toss your thong at all, you just need to be kind to your nether regions and have some thong free days. Who knows it may even spice up your life.They say a change is as good as a holiday.