5 Reasons NOT to Wear a Thong to the Gym
I was at the gym the other day (insert brief, celebratory cheer for me being at the gym) and I saw something that, while commonplace, disturbed me. In the change room, a woman set down her things next to me and began to take her clothes off. No, that wasn’t the disturbing part. What threw me off was the fact that once she got down to her skivvies, she was wearing a thong. I thought that surely, she would change out of it and into a more appropriate workout undergarment. Surprisingly, she didn’t. She started talking to another girl in the change room and I noticed that she was also wearing a thong. I made a mental note that I would take a quick , non-pervy peek around the change room after my workout to see if there were more of these ‘thong, workout women’. While they were in the minority, a few were present.
I personally can’t imagine being comfortable working out in a thong. I’m certainly not worried about the way I look at the gym. I usually laugh at the girls who have gotten all dolled up just to sweat it out. But thongs…thongs? Are you REALLY that worried about a visible panty line? That’s a whole new level of vanity at the gym. If you know you are going to be spending time at the gym, you should bring appropriate undergarments. No push-up bras either! But there are several, very good reasons not to wear your thong while you work out:
1. Rectal bacteria can travel along the thong to your vagina, which can cause vaginal and urinary tract infections.
“A thong is actually a connector,” says Adelaide Nardone, MD, an OB-GYN in Providence, Rhode Island. “As you move, the fabric shifts and before you can say “Monistat,” you’ve got a yeast infection. To make matters worse, thongs tend to rub, causing tiny tears in the delicate skin around your vulva and clitoris, creating access for microbes”(source:Women’s Health Magazine)
2. If you already have an infection or irritation, it can make it MUCH worse by rubbing on the affected areas, especially if you are also sporting a brazillian wax. Your hair is there to protect you.
3. It will irritate your anus, especially if you have hemorrhoids, and can even cause lacerations.
4. Thongs can cut off some circulation to the vaginal area. That goes for underwear that is too tight as well.
5. If you create a vaginal or urinary tract infection at the gym while you are trying to make your body look sexier, then when you have the chance to be sexy out on a date you won’t be able to! Save the sexy undies for special occasions!
If all this information still hasn’t made an impact on you and you’d rather no one see those underwear lines, at least wear cotton thongs. Because cotton is more breathable than synthetic material you are less likely to get an infection. I betcha no one told Sisqo about all these thong problems while he was writing “The Thong Song”. As for me, I’ll be sticking with my cotton briefs, thank you! Well…at least at the gym.
Have you ever worn a thong to the gym?
Posted on February 18, 2012, in Experiences, Information and tagged exercise, jennifer walker, thongs, top 5 reasons, underwear, vaginal health, women's issues, workout and gym clothing, year of the detox. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.