VPL aka “visible panty line” is something almost every girl dreads. Many women who exercise probably find themselves in the same situation time after time: should you wear underwear with leggings? If so, what type of underwear is best? This is what you need to know before getting dressed for your next workout.
“Bacteria and yeast love a moist and warm environment,” Doerthe Brueggmann, M.D., told Self. “So a very effective and simple protection is to wear any underwear under your workout gear to catch sweat and developing moisture. This is why it’s not a good idea to go commando!” However, some doctors say if you wear bottoms with moisture-wicking fabric, then you don’t need to wear underwear.
I personally think it’s better to be on the safe side and wear underwear. What if you think your bottoms are moisture-wicking and they actually aren’t?! If you’re like me, then it’s important to know what style of underwear is best and what material.
First and foremost, you should never (ever) wear thongs when working out. Thongs are tight-fitting and, obviously, sit in your butt crack. They also tend to move back and forth when exercising, which creates friction/heat that can result in a urinary tract infection (UTI) and vaginal bacterial infections. No, thanks.
When it comes to style, wear something that’s comfortable for you whether it be boy shorts or “granny” panties. As for material, steer clear of lace and satin because they are not breathable and can irritate your skin. Cotton is fine for low impact exercises where you aren’t moving a lot. If you’re running or biking, cotton can become heavy and uncomfortable when wet with sweat and cause irritation.
Let’s review. If you want to go commando, make sure your bottoms have moisture-wicking fabric. If you prefer to wear undies, stick with a fuller style and breathable material.
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