When you're shopping for new clothes, do you ever think about how each item can affect your health? As weird as it may seem, OB/GYNs say there are some things they wish you'd think about more when you're shopping for some wardrobe updates. Some clothes are better for your vagina than others.
"The vagina is a key interface between the body and the outside world," Dr. Felice Gersh, OB/GYN, Founder and Director of the Integrative Medical Practice of Irvine, tells Bustle. "An unhealthy vagina not only feels bad, but it can be the start of an unhealthy body. With that said, wearing clothes to increase vaginal health is both important and doable."
Unless something starts itching or rubs you the wrong way, you may never really think about how some clothing options are better for you than others. But it's important to keep it in the back of your mind when you do shop for new clothes. In the worst case scenario, Dr. Gersh says certain items can not only cause irritations and infections, but it can even "increase one’s overall inflammatory status and risk of developing an autoimmune disease."
It may not seem like it, but something as simple as choosing the wrong underwear can affect your vaginal health in different ways. So here are some things OB/GYNs wish you'd keep in mind when you're shopping for new clothes.