You’re wearing a short skirt. When wearing a short skirt, sitting can expose your vagina to other bacteria, such as a public train seat or other surfaces. Wearing a thong in this situation will not serve as a substantial barrier, but instead collect bacteria and viruses. This accumulation of bacteria and germs can lead to infections or other problems.
You’re wearing a sanitary napkin. Although there are some pads that are designed to wear with thongs, they can cause problems for you. Wearing these pads with thongs can prevent your vagina from getting fresh air. This moist, warm environment can lead to bacterial growth. Especially if you are not changing your pad frequently, advises Dr. Rabin.
You’re using personal deodorants or douches. Refraining from using these products is an important piece of advice that Dr. Rabin provides. These products can alter your natural acidity and balance of your vagina. This can ultimately lead to infections and other irritations.
You’re swimsuit shopping. If you are out swimsuit shopping and plan on trying on swimsuits, you do not want to wear a thong. Briefs are more optimal for this situation because they provide more protection from others’ germs left by the last few women who tried on the same swimsuit.
As you can see, thongs are not ideal to wear in every situation. In fact, they are to be worn carefully and infrequently. If you are prone to infections and irritation, be sure to figure out the best way to wear thongs in order to avoid issues.