This Is the Least Hygienic Way to Wear Yoga Pants and Leggings

Yoga pants have become a staple of the modern woman’s wardrobe, but the way many of us wear them is actually harming the health of our vaginas.

Whether you are doing yoga or not, a good pair of leggings can be as functional as they are flattering. Leggings are a great to embrace your legs for the wonderful, beautiful shape that they are. Rock them.

Whether you are doing yoga or not, a good pair of leggings can be as functional as they are flattering. Leggings are a great to embrace your legs for the wonderful, beautiful shape that they are. Rock them.

What could be unsafe about a pant so comfortable and versatile, you ask? Panty lines. More specifically, it’s how we are dealing with the panty lines problem.

Since yoga pants and leggings are generally–well–quite tight, many women worry about the dreaded “panty line”. Sure, there are probably more important things in the world to worry about, but a bout of panty-line woes can dominate the best of us.

To avoid this supposedly embarrassing underwear outline, many women prefer to wear thongs with their leggings. But that is a big mistake. In fact, thongs are probably the least hygienic thing to wear beneath your yoga pants.

“When the [thong] underwear hits your perineum (the patch of skin between the vagina and the anus), the thong can potentially transmit fecal bacteria from the rectum to the vaginal area causing vaginal or urinary tract infections,” explais OB/GYN Shannon Clark.

EW.

No one wants E. coli wreaking havoc in their sweet spot. Thongs can create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and infections to develop, especially if you sweat in them. They are probably the worst thing to wear underneath your yoga pants on a regular basis.   

Yoga pants have become a staple of the modern woman’s wardrobe, but the way many of us wear them is actually harming the health of our vaginas.

So what’s a more sanitary option? The most hygienic answer may be absolutely nothing.

Yep, going commando.

Before you settle into a bout of shock, you should know it’s more popular than you think. In fact, according to small study conducted by Cottonelle (the toilet paper company), eight percent of women claim to always go commando when wearing yoga pants while 25 percent claim to do it sometimes.

Yoga pants have become a staple of the modern woman’s wardrobe, but the way many of us wear them is actually harming the health of our vaginas.

Gynecologists actually recommend going commando as a much more sanitary option than thongs, provided that your pants are gusseted to reduce chaffing risk. It’s perfectly hygienic. Of course, you should definitely wash the pants in between wears if you’re going sans undies.

When you ditch the thong, there’s no need to worry about yeast or bladder infections. Yeast thrives in moist, warm environments, so nixing that extra sweaty layer may actually do you some good. As for bladder infections, the vagina has its own protections, so it doesn’t matter what you wear.

The only thing to potentially worry about is chafing, and that can be resolved easily with a little oil or salve.

For those of us who experience heart palpitations at the thought of going commando–because you are convinced you will definitely split the seam of your yoga pants in downward dog and then you will be naked in public and it will be your worst nightmare for sure–you have another option.

Wear breathable cotton underwear and embrace the panty line. Cotton is breathable and good for light activity, just be sure to change into clean ones after a sweat session.

Try laser-cut underwear in shorts or briefs or look for cotton bikinis lined with lace edges if you really care about hiding the visibility of your underwear. There are plenty of healthy, yoga-friendly panties out there that beat out the unhygienic thong.

In the end, comfort and health are most important, not silly panty lines. Rock your leggings, but be conscious about what you wear underneath, whether it’s undies or nothing.

How do you feel about going commando in your yoga pants? Share with us below!

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42 comments

heather g
heather g14 hours ago

No wonder these women don't get involved with the plight of the Palestinians

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Kate G
Kate Gyesterday

interesting

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Mona M
Mona M1 days ago

Yoga has never had anything to do with wearing trendy pants and leggings. That's not just unhygienic but a twist of Yoga intention!

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Amanda M
Amanda M1 days ago

I don't even OWN yoga pants or leggings for a much more important reason-NO POCKETS. Yep, I have a pocket rule-if it doesn't have pockets, I won't buy it. Why? Because I NEVER carry a purse-for me, it's just one more thing I have to worry about getting lost, stolen, forgotten, or robbed. Pockets make a great substitute-if I can't fit something in a pants pocket, I don't need it in the first place. Keys in one, wallet in another, cash (if I have any, which isn't often the case because my job doesn't pay squat) in a third, and my nitrile gloves and cell phone in packs on my belt. Simple and unpretentious.

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Ruth S
Ruth S2 days ago

Thanks.

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Teresa W
Teresa W2 days ago

thanks

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Winn A
Winn A2 days ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn A2 days ago

Noted

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Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace2 days ago

Thank you.

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Danuta W
Danuta W2 days ago

thanks for sharing

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