Whether you're someone who hates underwear or you just really hate doing laundry, you might find yourself going commando pretty frequently. While there are definitely some benefits to going underwear-less, there are times where you shouldn't go commando, as it could end up negatively affecting your vaginal health. As annoying as putting on underwear can be, there's a reason it exists, which means sometimes it's necessary.
"There are actually several benefits to 'going commando,'" says Molly Shields, M.D., an OB/GYN with the Institute for Women’s Health over email. "Not wearing underwear allows the vagina to breathe, which can be beneficial when a woman has a condition such as a yeast infection. The underwear puts an additional layer directly against your vagina, which can create a breeding ground for bacteria, depending on the underwear’s fabric and style. That said, there are a few times when wearing underwear may be a better option than not."
If you're someone who likes your lady parts to breathe, by all means, skip those undies. However, if you also want to make sure your nether regions stay nice and healthy, you'll want to know exactly when it's time to put them on. Here are seven times you should never go commando.