Skinny jeans, or any tight fitting pants, is common wear for fashionistas.
When worn right, those pairs of jeans can make your legs and butt look like a million bucks.
But did you know that prolonged wearing of tight pants can actually worsen feminine odor?
Why Wearing Tight Pants Worsen Feminine Odor
Tight fitting skin wear such as skinny jeans, leggings and stockings can encourage moisture and humidity between our legs. The moist environment can be prime setting for bacteria growth.
When there is overgrowth of bacteria, they can spread up into the vagina, creeping up into the uterus.
When that happens, it can sometimes lead to a medical condition called endometritis.
Endometritis happens when the lining of the uterus becomes inflamed.
Symptoms of endometritis may include prolonged lower abdominal cramps, low grade fever, spotting, as well as foul smelling discharge.
The situation can become more dire when we wear these tight fitting pants for more than 8 hours.
Prolonged wearing can result in chafing of the delicate skins of the vulva, leading to irritation and itch. The labia folds can also become inflamed due to the constant abrasion, leading to much discomfort and foul smelling discharge.
The body’s protective mechanism respond by generating more vaginal discharge to get rid of the bacteria. The increase of bacteria levels in the discharge can sometimes lead to urinary tract infections (UTI), if left unchecked.
Sometimes, wearing tight pants can also cause numbness on the sides of our pelvis, where lymph nodes reside. This is because the tightness can cut off proper blood and lymph circulation.
Feminine odor is often exacerbated when there is poor blood circulation.
Another situation that worsens the odor condition is wearing tight fitting pants during menses.
Some women believe it can minimize staining from blood flow by stabilizing the pads they are wearing, as well as to keep it in place.
However, by doing so, it only serves to increase the humidity condition between the legs, and some women even report experiencing worsened menstrual cramps, and heightened odors.
So What Can We Do To Prevent Worsening Of Feminine Odor?
1. Wear skirts instead. Wearing skirts can help improve air circulation between our legs, lowering the humidity that encourages bacteria growth.
2. Choose materials like cotton and linen that breathe. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester can trap moisture because it does not absorb moisture well.
If you really want/have to wear your skinny jeans, try wearing it for shorter periods of time, like 1 to 2 hours, instead of a full day.
3. How you choose to dry your underwear also makes a difference. When mold and bacteria get onto our underwear, a simple wash and indoor drying will not be able to get rid of all of it.
If you can, dry your underwear in the sun (UV light can kill bacteria effectively) or use dryer at high heat to eliminate those pesky bacteria.
4. Some people swear by cranberries. To prevent UTI and foul smelling discharge, consider to consume more cranberries, or unsweetened cranberry juice.
Those sugared stuff only serve to provide food for bacteria to feast on and grow overdrive.
5. Don’t over wash your lady bits. If you find yourself reaching into your vaginal opening to clean, don’t do that. Your vagina has the amazing ability to self regulate and clean itself.
Also, if you find your vulva skin area very tight after cleaning with feminine wash or soap, that’s too much. Check out how to wash properly here.
Ready for some Chinese herbs action?
One Traditional Chinese Medicine remedy that can help prevent inflammation and nourish our uterus is this simple nourishing tea that has been purported to help prevent UTI.
The ingredients are as follows:
- Dang gui (当归） 6g
- Chi Shao/ Red Peony root (赤芍) 6g
- Fu ling/ Poria (茯苓) 6 g
- Dried licorice(甘草) 6 g - prevent inflammation
- 1 litre of water
Add all herbs to the water and set to boil.
Drink it as part of your water requirement for the day. One litre a day is a good dosage for daily prevention.
This tea is relatively neutral in nature, and should not result in uncomfortable side effects in most people.
The above remedies are more preventive in nature and can be incorporated in our daily living activities.
As usual, if your symptoms are bothering you, it is best to seek your doctor’s advice on possible follow up treatments.