A gynecologist and an anal surgeon say you have to change the way you're washing underwear right now. If you want to put on "clean" underwear, you gotta do more than throw in the wash on warm. Cuz that won't do the job.
They say your anal and vaginal health depend on it. Your underwear is a home to dirt, urine, feces, and vaginal discharge, just to name the nicer things.
All this stuff is a breeding ground for yeast, bacteria, and more. So you could be susceptible to yeast and fungal infections.
Anal surgeon and founder of Future MethodEvan Goldstein, DO. Lucky Sekhton, MD, a fertility specialist and board certified OBGYN from New York City told Wellandgood.com, "If you wear dirty underwear, you’re increasing your chances of both fungal jock itch and bacterial dermatitis, which are literal pains in the ass and more prevalent than you’d think.”
So what do you do to avoid these unsavory things?
Tide & Downy principal scientist Mary Johnson says, “Underwear, sports clothing, towels, and sheets may need an extra boost of cleaning power by washing in warm water—which is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher—with the appropriate dose of a high-quality laundry detergent.” She also suggest using Tide Antibacterial Fabric Spray ($6) before washing. (of course she does)
They said you can also use bleach to clean white undies. Dr. Sehkton says you can iron them after washing to sterilize 'em.
Oh, and this one will make your debit card cringe. They said you should buy a new stock every 3 months.
You could also go commando, but you'd have to wash your jeans like you would your underwear. But if you do ditch the underwear, give 'em to someone who could use 'em.