What You Wear Under Your Yoga Pants Matters for Gynecological Health

According to Yoga Journal, an activewear brand called Dear Kate asserts that 17 percent of women often go commando under their yoga pants. If this shocks you, consider this: A lot of health expert actually believe that number should be higher.

As it turns out, if you have a vagina, there are a number of reasons you may want to consider ditching your undies during a yoga session. Here are a few reasons to consider making the switch.

More Layers Mean More Moisture

When you sweat, you’re going to be creating moisture in your vaginal area (as well as other areas, obviously). And unfortunately, yeast thrive in moist conditions.

It’s a well-known fact that wearing tight pants — including non-breathable yoga pants — can lead to yeast infections. Adding underwear into the mix not only creates more heat in your genital region, it also traps the moisture in more securely, creating a breeding ground for yeast.

Many Yoga Pants Are Moisture-Wicking

Because they are designed specifically for exercise, most yoga pants are made of light, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, such as nylon and polyester. This can further help prevent yeast-friendly moisture.

Thongs Are A Bad Alternative

If you were thinking that perhaps a lightweight thong might be a good alternative to warm cotton undies, think again. They hug the body more tightly and are more likely to ride up in uncomfortable places, which can actually spread fecal matter into your vaginal area, leading to vaginal and urinary tract infections.

 A Catch: You’ll Have To Wash Your Yoga Pants More Often 

If you do decide to start going commando during yoga class, keep in mind that there’s no longer a barrier between your body and your pants — which means that in order to keep things clean, you’ll have to wash your activewear more often. Just one sweaty session is grounds for laundry day.

The Best Underwear for Yoga

If you definitely don’t want to skip the underwear, it’s best to choose a pair of briefs that are lightweight and moisture-wicking. Cotton underwear are okay for non-sweaty sessions, but a more breathable fabric is best for working out. Finally, even though they seem lighter in weight, don’t choose thongs, for the reasons mentioned above.


Margie FOURIE8 months ago

Thank you

Johan Maltesson
Johan M8 months ago

Men who do yoga most often use more loose fitting pants - maybe that could be a solution for women too. As for going commando, yoga pants are already quite revealing as is, and combine this with the sometimes explicit positions, you might be showing off a lot more than you feel comfortable with.

Danuta W
Danuta W8 months ago

thank you for sharing

Mostapha Z
Mostapha Zaher8 months ago

.....Even for men ? Perhaps not :-)

Deborah J
Deborah J8 months ago

To exercise (Pilates, Feldenkrais, never yoga) I wear cotton or microfiber midi-briefs under loose, cuffed pants (sharwal-style). Likewise under footless tights paired with a long shirt as outerwear. Under no circumstances do I expose crotch-snug clothing in public except for a swimsuit (one-piece).

Rosslyn O
Rosslyn O8 months ago

Interesting but not a problem here as I don't do yoga etc

Jacqueline Lockyer-Barret

Thank you! Great article!

Philippa P
Philippa Powers8 months ago


Jonathan H
Jonathan Harper8 months ago

... even for men?

Anne Moran
Anne Moran8 months ago

The lining of the yoga pants will go right up your crotch,, if you go commando,, no thanks...