Experts warned that wearing underwear in bed can turn your privates into a breeding area for skin infections. It gets worse. It can lead to severe chafing incidents for both sexes and fertility issues for men.
Experts explained that body parts that are constantly covered, especially the privates, create the perfect breeding environment for yeast and bacteria that can lead to infections. This is especially true for clothing items that are not capable of absorbing moisture.
Going commando at night can help women prevent vaginal thrush, which is a common yeast infection. It can also help women avoid worsening any infections from ingrowing hairs, as tight underwear increases the chances of the hairs to become ingrown.
If you don't like going commando at night, experts suggested wearing large pants or even the embarrassing but ultra-comfortable 'granny undies.' This will help air out the privates and keep moisture at bay.
For the men, the consequences can affect his future family tree. According to Dr. Brian Steixner from the Jersey Urology Group, men who sleep wearing tight underwear do not just increase their risk of chafing but it can lead to infertility issues, which is bad news for couples trying to conceive.
"Your nether regions need to be just the right temperature in order to optimize sperm production," said Steixner who is the group's Institute for Men's Health director. The more bacteria present increases the chances of infection for any chafed skin in the privates.
In a 2015 study, researchers from the Stanford University and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland found that men who slept in the nude and wore boxers during the day were more likely to have less DNA fragmentation in their sperm.
In specific, they had 25 percent less than the ones who wore tight-fitting underwear the whole day. The findings can be beneficial to couples who are planning or trying to conceive.
"Reducing exposure for bed decreases DNA fragmentation; better semen quality parameters are observed in men wearing boxers during the day and none to bed," said Katherine Sapra, the study's lead researcher from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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