A clinical microbiologist, Dr Tony Mbume, on Sunday advised females not to sleep with their panties on, so as to keep the vag!na area dry throughout the night.
The doctor who works with CIAGIN Medical Laboratory, Oke-Afa, Isolo, shared the dangers while speaking with News Agency.
Dr Tony shared that women should also stop wearing tight jeans, synthetic panties and leggings, to prevent vag!na infections, stating that most females wear these without considering the health implications.
He noted that synthetic underwear cause the vag!na area to ‘overheat’, which could disrupt its ecosystem.
“Synthetic panties can cause the honeypot area to overheat and this can sometimes cause burning sores, itching or irritate the sensitive skin, as well as causing blisters.
“The friction caused by walking in tight pants and jeans can irritate the skin, resulting in the formation of blisters,’’ adding that vag!na burning and itching are usually accompanied by discharge and bad odour.
He further said that such infections could be dangerous if left untreated, as it might lead to infertility due to damage of the reproductive organs.
The microbiologist recommended cotton underwear to ventilate the v-area and eliminate infections, stating that cotton underwear helps to keep the area free of excessive moisture and allows the area to breathe.
“Use cotton menstrual pads too. Cotton absorbs excess moisture and removes buildup heat from the area. It is the only material that can become stronger when wet and is easily sterilised after use.
“Avoid sleeping with pants at night, to keep the vag!na area dry throughout the night.”