Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News

Written by Dr. Sadie
Welcome to our first ever, Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News, a column where doctors in training, or “baby doctors” as we like to call ourselves, answer questions and dispense advice about bodies. We are two ladies in our second year of medical school who love to discuss the amazing things our bodies can do. We aren't grossed out by anything—in fact, the grosser the better. We're here to answer any questions that you might have but are too afraid to ask.

Welcome to our first ever, Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News, a column where doctors in training, or “baby doctors” as we like to call ourselves, answer questions and dispense advice about bodies. We are two ladies in our second year of medical school who love to discuss the amazing things our bodies can do. We aren't grossed out by anything—in fact, the grosser the better. We're here to answer any questions that you might have but are too afraid to ask.

As we are just starting out and don't actually have real questions yet, the first few columns will be devoted to things that have been plaguing our friends. Most recently: thongs.

Are you, like some of the most awesome girls we know, an avid thong wearer? Do you wear a thong to workout, to sleep, under jeans? Do you think thongs are comfortable? Well, there's a strong chance that your vagina isn't liking them. Here are some reasons why:

1. The little string for the thong sits right over the sensitive area of the butt. This creates a potential party train for all of the bacteria that resides there. With the last stop being the vagina and urethral openings, infection ensues.

2. The chafing of the thong string could cause minor irritation in the delicate area of the mucous membranes, again causing more potential for infection.

3. In the hot days of summer, as we go crazy in the sweating and discharge department (need a pet name for your crotch in the summer? Try "swagina"), the thong becomes even more problematic, contributing to the above reasons.

So what do you do? Well, the answer seems obvious. Stop wearing thongs! If you think they are comfortable, please try a boy short or a low cut bikini brief. You will discover that not having a grimy string between your butt cheeks all day long puts you in a much better mood. If you like them for the sexy factor, wear them less often. At least don't wear them when you're working out. Or when it's one hundred billion degrees outside. If you are worried about panty lines...well, there are alternatives. Like no underwear (although that's a whole 'nother can of worms), those seamless panties, or not wearing tight clothes so often. And a helpful tip, try to stay away from nylon underwear; unbleached cotton panties are a better bet.

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