Chelsie Diadhiou is a New York based writer, editor, and mother on a mission to inspire women to use their innate power to consciously create dynamic lives. From motherhood and sexuality, to lifestyle and culture, she explores various themes in her quest to stimulate thought provoking discussion about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Her philosophy is that everything a woman does must come from a space deep within.
“Sex isn’t the only reason to take your panties off.”
For most modern women, panties are an absolutely essential part of their wardrobe.
In fact, most can’t imagine leaving home without them!
But this now common item as we know it is a fairly modern invention.
“During the Victorian Era, women wore knickers – underwear that were cut like pants, tied together at the waist, extending all the way down to the ankles.”
Knickers were completely open at the crotch, allowing for proper air flow, which was deemed to be more hygienic (the crotch was later sewn closed thanks to the French ‘Can-Can’ dancers, whose leg-lifting dance moves required it).
Perhaps the Victorians were onto something?
Panties 101: A Brief History Of Briefs
Early underwear styles served various functions from modesty and body shaping, to hygiene and convenience.
“From the 1800’s to modern times, women’s undergarments have evolved from heavy petticoats and long pants, to today’s tiny g-strings and thongs.”
Dictated by the ever-changing fashions of the day, as dress lengths shortened, so too did underwear.
The mass manufacture of panties did not occur until the Industrial Revolution of the 20th century. Today, the intimate apparel industry is valued at over $30 billion dollars.
With numbers like these, it is clear that women are spending TONS of money on their “unmentionables.”
But could the frilly, lacy accessories we have come to love be causing us more harm than good?
Wearing tight panties, especially for prolonged periods of time, restricts air flow, creating extra heat and moisture in the vaginal area, which can cause infection.
If you absolutely must wear undies, avoid synthetic fibers, as they trap heat and moisture, creating a breeding ground for infection causing bacteria – including yeast, bacterial, and urinary tract infections.
Opt for loose fitting cotton instead.
Try to avoid thongs. The back string can cause bad bacteria to migrate forward from the rectum into the vagina.
While not wearing panties won’t guarantee that you will never have a yeast infection, it can certainly go a long way towards preventing it!