Benefits and Precautions of Not Wearing Underwear

Due to the differences in male and female genitalia, men and women experience different benefits from going commando.

Going commando for women

Here are a few good reasons that going commando can be good for female genitalia:

It reduces the risk of developing yeast infections

Candida, the bacteria responsible for yeast infections, thrives in warm, moist environments.

Wearing tight underwear or undies that aren’t made of a breathable material, such as cotton, can retain moisture in your genital area and make it easier for yeast bacteria to grow.

There’s no research on whether going without underwear reduces year infection. So if you do wear underwear, be sure it’s loose fitting and cotton.

It can help reduce vaginal odor and discomfort

When moisture from sweat and heat are trapped in the genital area by underwear, it can start smelling more strongly down there.

Skipping underwear can:

  • allow your sweat to evaporate
  • keep the odors to a minimum
  • reduce chafing made worse by moisture

It protects your vulva from injury

The labia outside your vagina are made of delicate tissue similar to that of your lips.

Tight underwear made of artificial fabrics can chafe and irritate the labia and the skin around them. This can damage skin and expose you to injury, bleeding, or even infections. Plus, it just hurts.

Losing the underwear, especially if you’re wearing loose-fitting clothes, can reduce or completely remove the possibility of chafing or damage.

It protects you from allergic reactions or sensitivities

Many clothes contain artificial dyes, fabrics, and chemicals that can cause allergic reactions known as contact dermatitis.

This may take the form of bumps, rashes, blisters, or irritation. More serious reactions can cause tissue damage and infections.

Without underwear, you’ve got one less piece of clothing to worry about causing a reaction.

Going commando for men

Men experience some of the same benefits as women when they choose to go commando.

But there are a couple of additional benefits for men when going commando, mostly related to the unique physiology of the penis, scrotum, and testicles:

It prevents jock itch and other fungal infections

Warm, wet genitals are a breeding ground for fungi like tinea cruris, or jock itch. This can cause redness, irritation, and itching on your genitals.

Keeping your genitalia ventilated ensures that the area stays cool and dry, especially after prolonged periods of athletic activity.

It reduces the chances of irritation and injury

Whether you wear underwear or not, it’s possible to experience some chafing of the penis or scrotum against your clothing.

This can cause irritation and even injury, which may lead to infections if they happen often or are left untreated.

Wearing a loose, comfortable pair of jeans or shorts without underwear can actually reduce chafing to your genitals.

Can influence sperm production

The testicles hang outside of the body in the scrotum for a reason. To produce sperm efficiently, the testicles need to stay at about 94°F (34.4°C), a few degrees cooler than the body’s typical 97°F to 99°F (36.1°C to 37.2°C).

Wearing underwear, especially tight underwear, can push the testicles against your body and raise your scrotal temperature.

This makes the testicular environment less than ideal for sperm production, causing testicular hyperthermia.

Over time, this may lower your sperm count and increase your chances of infertility (although the jury may still be out on this because more research is needed).

11 Reasons Why Men Should Wear Underwear Instead of Going Commando

Isn’t it weird how commando, the word for a soldier trained in doing ambushes, now also means going without underwear? I don’t see the connection. Letting your boys hang loose is nothing like going to battle. But many would disagree. There’s a lot of support for ditching underwear altogether. Here are 11 reasons you should keep wearing underwear instead.

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1. You’ll less likely suffer from chafing down there

Chafing is a skin irritation that occurs when skin repeatedly rubs against skin or clothes. You’re putting yourself at risk of irritating your boys every time you go commando. The fabric of your pants, jeans, or shorts could be abrasive to your groin. Such clothes aren’t usually designed to be particularly gentle on this sensitive body part, unlike underwear.

As a second layer of clothing, underwear also serve as a barrier between your groin and the potentially irritating material, ensuring your package remains safe.

2. You’ll less likely suffer from crotch rot

Officially called tinea cruris, crotch rot is a skin infection caused by wearing tight or wet clothes. As long as you keep yours clean, wearing underwear reduces your risk of getting crotch rot. Underwear absorb sweat well, unlike pants, jeans, and shorts in general, keeping your boys dry.

Some underwear are made of sweat-wicking fabric (e.g., polyester blends) which absorb and make sweat evaporate easily. Wearing such underwear greatly reduces your risk of getting crotch rot.

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3. You’ll less likely have particularly embarrassing sweat stains

Seen the meme of how a girl’s sweaty behind made out the Bat Signal? Imagine how embarrassing it would be if something similar happened to you. Wearing underwear will help you avoid it. Apart from absorbing sweat well, underwear act as a second layer of clothing that traps and prevents your sweat from staining your pants, jeans, or shorts.

4. You’ll avoid unwittingly flashing someone

Speaking of embarrassing accidents, how many times have you left your fly open? I guess more than you’d admit. If you always wear underwear, you won’t unwittingly leave Junior exposed if you forget to zip up or if the zipper breaks.

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5. You won’t have to choose the clothes you wear more carefully than usual

It’s also possible to unwittingly flash someone if you wear potentially revealing bottoms, like cotton pants. Such pants become thin over time. To avoid unwittingly showing more than you’d like, always wear underwear.

6. You’ll make certain other accidents less embarrassing

Clothes become fragile if you keep them for many years. Old clothes could break anytime. How mortifying it will be if your pants suddenly split in public. It won’t be so awful if you were wearing underwear. To be safe, always wear some.

7. You’ll less likely have a visible wet spot

How many times have you tried to shake your willy dry but still have a few drops in your drawers? You might’ve lost count already. There are many ways to avoid having this accident but men still suffer from it. It will get worse with age. To avoid unwittingly staining your front, always wear underwear.

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8. You’ll less likely have an exposed leak

Junior isn’t your only body part that leaks. So does your derriere. It’s called accidental bowel leakage (ABL). Incontinence, old age, and certain ailments and food cause ABL. The discharge will show if you go commando, so to save yourself from having such a humiliating accident, always wear underwear.

9. You’ll truly be comfortable

Advocates of going commando swear it’s much more comfortable than wearing underwear. But many people say you have to get used to it first, so their claim isn’t entirely true. And given the risks, we don’t think you’ll be completely comfortable even if you get used to it.

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10. You could look even sexier

Going commando leaves you with nothing but your own devices for seduction if you get lucky. No matter how hot you are, you could offend your partner if you come to the party with no drawers. Some people think it’s creepy.

There are also underwear designed to enhance your goods. An example is bulge-enhancing briefs. You can’t enjoy the benefits of such underwear if you decide to stop wearing underwear.

11. You’ll make foreplay even better

There are also underwear that let you do role-play in the bedroom. An example is underwear for go-go boys. Wearing such underwear will be great for a sultry show for your partner, which is sure to spice things up. Doing away with underwear leaves you with no opportunity to have such fun. How boring is that?

To Wrap Things Up

I’m all for comfort and freedom of expression, but I doubt that going commando is a good way to achieve it. It will only put you at much risk, contradicting its benefits if there are actual benefits at all. Always wearing underwear instead is truly comfortable, safe, and fun, proving there’s no reason to stop.

Still Going Commando? Men Should Wear Underwear!

Surveys have established that between 5% and 7% of men don’t wear underwear (it’s called “go commando” or “freeballing”). Actually, letting your boys hang loose is nothing like going to battle. There are several reasons that make you feel that underwear is necessary than going commando.

  • Go commando will suffer from chafing down there

Your private parts can rub against the fabric your pants or jeans are made of. This can chafe you down there if you move around a lot. But wear underwear can protect sensitive areas of our bodies to be chafed. Besides, the “boys” are very sensitive, and wearing underwear keep things from directly touching them.

  • Go commando is not especially sanitary

Hygiene is perhaps the most important answer to the question of why do we wear underwear. Men leak fluids after they use the restroom, which might cause some problems and even illness if without underwear. Underwear allow sweat, and other body leaks and secretions to be kept away from the outer clothes, which is sanitary.

  • Go commando offers no such support to your boys

Underwear serves a useful purpose which could give your boys enough support. From ancient to nowadays, males have always needed support down there for any active lifestyle. Imagine jogging without underwear, unbelievable!

  • Go commando are unable to avoid the embarrassing situations

Most people don’t want random people to easily see a random erection or bulges in your pants. In the case of stretchy or thin outer garments, there will be a very clear outline of your private area, particularly if you have an erection. When you have underwear on, the outline of your privates is minimized. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about sensitive areas moving around while performing physical activities or doing sports.

In a whole, here are more problems while going commando rather than being in underwear. We know uncomfortable undies makes men feel that way, so they decide to go commando. This is why, it is important to choose the right fit and design of undies. Let’s try Separatec dual pouch underwear, if you get the perfect fit for yourself, you won’t need to go commando.

Gynaecologist reveals why women should always go without undies

Whatever the reason, you should do it more often according to a gynaecologist.

Donnica Moore, a New Jersey-based gynaecologist suggests going commando is a good sexual health move.

“It’s not good to always have the lady parts locked up,” she told The Sun.

“They need air like all other body parts.”

Wearing knickers day and night causes heat and sweat to build-up down there and that increases your risk of yeast or other types of nasty infections, she explained.

And the material your undies are made of can also increase your risk of infection.

Lycra and lace or other non-breathable materials are the worst offenders as they can irritate the delicate skin around your vagina.

Cotton is your best option if you absolutely cannot face going commando at any time.

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Dr Vanessa Mackay, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, agrees.

She said: “Wearing your underwear all the time, if nothing else, can lead to chafing and irritation.

“Especially for menopausal women as they have thinner skin down there so are more susceptible to irritation and rubbing.

“Sleeping without underwear may be beneficial to women with vaginitis, which is inflammation of the vagina, and those who suffer from thrush, a common yeast infection.

Even Kendall Jenner goes without underwear. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

“Thrush thrives in warm, moist parts of the body, so avoiding tight-fitting underwear or tights can help prevent the infection.

“For women who have vaginitis, wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear or not wearing underwear while they sleep, may improve the condition.”

Thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point in their lives.

In most cases the yeast infection is easy to treat, with help from your pharmacists and over-the-counter medications.

Signs you could be suffering thrush including itching and soreness down there, pain during sex and a stinging sensation when you pee.

Those suffering for the first time, pregnant women, and those who’ve suffered two bouts of thrust within six months should speak to their doctor.

Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina that can cause itching, discomfort and discharge.

Women with vaginitis may experience pain while having sex or peeing.

Kristen Stewart, you might not be wearing any undies, but we’re not sure if a glittery jump suit will help you down there. Picture: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images.Source:Supplied

Dr MacKay suggested wearing cotton underwear during the day to reduce the risk of infection, changing your underwear after you have had a work out and making sure you wear clean pants every day.

“Try and make sure the crotch is cotton, synthetic underwear increases the moisture trapping in that area because it is not breathable,” she said.

“If there is more moisture there is more risk of bacterial infections and yeast infections because they thrive in that environment.

“You might want to think about using non-perfumed or hypo-allergenic washing power as well.

“And g strings may increase your risk of irritation and, in theory, there is a risk of bacteria from your back passage to your vagina.”

But there is a small downside to going commando — apart from the risk of accidentally flashing someone.

Jennifer Lopez is all about going commando — especially on the red carpet. Picture: GettySource:Supplied

You also run the risk of irritation if your tight fitting clothes rub against your vulva.

Think seams on skinny jeans and yoga pants.

According to Dr Moore this “can lead to very small nicks in the skin that act as portals for bacteria”.

So if you are wearing jeans, pair them with cotton undies that protect from seams but are breathable and absorb sweat, she said.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.

Generally there are two kinds of sleepers: pajama wearers and naked sleepers. Odds are, if you’re a pajama wearer, you never sleep without underwear. You might not even think about why. But experts say sleeping without underwear can actually be a good thing for your vagina.

“You really should sleep without underwear if you’re prone to vaginal issues,” says Nancy Herta, M.D., an ob-gyn at Michigan State University, who highlights conditions such as yeast infections, vaginismus, and bacterial vaginosis). Why? Between discharge and sweat, your vagina is prone to product moisture overnight, Dr. Herta explains. Underwear can trap that moisture, creating a breeding ground for the bad bacteria that cause those conditions. “Allowing that area to get some air helps to keep it dry and clean,” Dr. Herta says. Giving your vagina some breathing room lets it take better care of itself. Going underwear-free is an especially good idea if you have a yeast infection right now or are very prone to them and get them often, says board-certified ob-gyn Pari Ghodsi, M.D.

If sleeping without underwear isn’t terribly appealing to you, Dr. Herta recommends that you switch to loose-fitting cotton underwear. Cotton can help absorb some of the moisture instead of keeping it right against you, the way silk or lace would. Silk and lace can also irritate the skin around your vagina, Dr. Ghodsi says, so at the very least if you’ve been wearing silk or lace underwear all day, it’s a good idea to switch out of them before you go to sleep. If you can’t imagine giving up your PJs, go commando under a pair of loose-fitting cotton pajama pants.

It’s worth noting that if you find you can’t sleep without wearing underwear but you’ve never had a problem, Dr. Ghodsi says you’re probably fine to keep doing what you’ve been doing. Sweet dreams.

Some people like to wear pajamas to bed, while others go for shorts and a T-shirt. Still others prefer to sleep in nothing at all.

For those who choose to wear something, there is yet another decision to be made before bedtime: Should you keep your underwear on or not?

Live Science recently posed this question to a few medical experts to find out whether there are any health-related reasons for men and women to choose for or against underwear in bed. Here is what the experts said.

In general, a woman’s bottom and genital region don’t need to be totally in the buff while she sleeps, said Dr. Alyssa Dweck, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Mount Kisco, New York, and a clinical assistant professor of OB/GYN at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Most women can sleep with their underwear on and not risk encountering any health problems, she told Live Science.

But there is one group of women who may benefit from not wearing underwear to bed and from aerating their bottom at night: Women who suffer from chronic vulvitis (an inflammation of the folds of skin outside the vagina) or chronic vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina), Dweck said. These women are prone to vaginal yeast infections, itchiness and irritation, and are likely better off if they sleep without underpants, she said.

The reason Dweck recommends being bare-bottomed at night is because yeast and bacteria can thrive and proliferate in dark, moist and warm places, she said. When a woman’s private parts are covered up all day by confining clothing and nonbreathable fabrics, including sweaty workout clothes or sanitary pads, it can cause vaginal irritation and moisture to collect in this area, providing a perfect breeding ground for yeast or bacterial infections, Dweck said.

Aeration of the genitals is good for women who are prone to vaginal infections, itchiness and irritation, and baring their bottoms can be part of a general hygiene regimen that might afford them some relief, Dweck said. During the rest of the day, cotton underwear is the best choice for women having these issues, because it’s absorbent, she said.

An added benefit of keeping panties off while in bed is that it may enhance intimacy between a woman and her partner, Dweck said. But if a woman is having her period, she may want to wear her underpants for added protection while sleeping, Dweck said. This is true even for women who are prone to frequent vaginal infections, she said.

Boxers or briefs (or nothing)

For men, there is no health benefit, nor is there any harm, from going commando to bed, said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist and the director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University Medical Centerin Palo Alto, California.

And for men who prefer to sleep in underwear and who are trying to conceive with their partners, there is no significant difference between wearing boxers or briefs, Eisenberg said. He recently worked on a study, published on March 3 in the journal Andrology, that looked at whether the type of underwear men wore — or its absence — had any effect on a couple’s ability to conceive a baby during a 12-month period.

The researchers asked about 500 men about their underwear choices during the day and at night. Results showed it didn’t make much difference for conception outcomes what men wore at night (boxers, briefs or nothing at all), Eisenberg said. Those outcomes include the amount of time it took for couples to become pregnant or the compounds present in the men’s semen.

These findings should be reassuring to many men, showing that wearing whatever makes them feel comfortable won’t affect conception, Eisenberg said. Even so, he said he was surprised by how many men switched their underwear type between the day and night when they were hoping to become pregnant with a partner.

Previous studies of men have found mixed evidence. Some research suggested that wearing tighter underwear can increase the temperature of men’s testicles and may be linked with poorer semen quality, compared with men who wore looser fitting underwear. But other studies have not found that men’s underwear choices affect male fertility.

On the whole, Eisenberg said, his study showed that men’s underwear habits probably didn’t matter much in their ability to father children.

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There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wearing underwear (or not). It’s really a choose-your-own-adventure situation.

Still, you might wonder whether going sans undies in certain situations is kinda sketchy. Here, all the things you should keep in mind before bailing on your underwear.

Going commando in your workout gear is legit.


For some of us, putting on tight-ass leggings feels like a workout in itself. (I’m not alone here, right?) Add another layer of fabric into the mix, and the issue becomes even more complicated and exhausting. So it makes sense that you might want to leave them out of the equation.

If that’s the case, don’t stress about planting your butt on a germy bike seat or workout bench, says ob-gyn Amanda Kallen, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. Your pants alone are a solid barrier against any bugs lurking on fitness equipment.

The most important thing is that you don’t feel friction or chafing as you sweat, says Dr. Kallen. If you’re uncomfy without that li’l cotton barrier between you and your leggings, shorts, or whatever, definitely throw on a pair.

The second most important rule: Hop out of your athleisure as soon as you’re done working out, says ob-gyn Andrea Chisholm, MD, in Cody, Wyoming. “Whether you are going commando or not, get out of your sweaty workout clothes immediately,” she says. That quick move keeps moisture-loving yeast from multiplying and causing a full-on yeast infection.

It’s also totally fine to go underwear-free in regular clothes.

“Again, do what feels comfortable, and if you’re comfortable going commando in jeans or your everyday clothes, go for it,” says Dr. Kallen.

That said, when you pass on panties, pay attention to how things feel down below after you’re dressed, says Dr. Kallen. Scratchy or tight fabrics can be really irritating, especially in pants, so don’t skip underwear if your ensemble feels too itchy or snug around your vulva, she says.

Adopting an underwear-free lifestyle = more laundry.

Just as you wash your underwear after every use, you need to wash whatever bottoms you wear sans undies every time you wear them, says Dr. Kallen. You can thank odor-causing bacteria as well as discharge that collects on the fabric for more frequent laundry days, she says. Win some, lose some.

Sleeping without underwear might be good for you, but it’s hard to say for sure.

If you’ve ever had a yeast infection, you’ve probably heard a doctor (in person or on the internet) suggest sleeping without underwear to air out your vag overnight. “Even cotton underwear can retain moisture and minimize air circulation that can lead to vulvovaginal problems like yeast infections,” says Dr. Chisholm. And while there’s no harm in sleeping naked, there’s not enough evidence to make it mandatory, says Dr. Kallen.

You can totally ditch your panties during your period.

If you’re using tampons or a menstrual cup, it’s still okay to skip underwear, says Dr. Chisholm. “Just be mindful that there’s one less layer between you and the outside world, so be careful of leaks.”

Ashley Oerman Deputy Lifestyle Director Ashley Oerman is the deputy lifestyle director at Cosmopolitan, covering fitness, health, food, cocktails, home, and entertainment.

What are the disadvantages of not wearing underwear?

Speaking from personal experience here. I stopped wearing underwear sometime after I finished Secondary School.


  1. Feel the breeze. You would not believe how great it feels when your genital(s) aren’t trapped in fabric.
  2. Healthier scrotum, healthier sperms. Exclusively for males, there’s a good reason our scrotum is located outside our body. It’s to have as much cold air as possible and without any underwear to trap your body heat, your scrotum is able to operate at maximum efficiency.
  3. You’ll feel more daring, sexier. Yeah, cause even though no one really notices you’re going commando down South, the feeling you get when you’re so close to people with your genitals so…vulnerable. Ooh, you naughty person!
  4. Males, you’ll learn better control over your boner. You’ll unlock your own technique of calming down a raging hardon. No longer will you have that awkward boner talking to a random chick, or dude if you’re into that.


  1. Before you learn to control it, you’re gonna have a bad time covering up your raging boner guys. Let’s face it, it takes more than reciting the multiplication table in your heads to calm down an erection.
  2. Vulnerable in case of ripped pants. If your undergarment suddenly decides to rip open at the groin, that’s it. Everyone you know will know now. Everyone. But this is an optional disadvantage. Nymphos will likely say this is a benefit.
  3. Soggy soggy. You know how if you’re trapped in a downpour, your clothes stick to your skin ? Same thing will happen down there and it feels weird, not to mention the outline is there for all to see. Again, this is an optional disadvantage.

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