Brief versus Thong Hygiene in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Does thong underwear present heal hazards?  A new study addresses certain aspects of that general question. 

The study is “Brief versus Thong Hygiene in Obstetrics and Gynecology (B-THONG): A survey study,” Alyssa A. Hamlin, Jeanelle Sheeder, and Tyler M. Muffly, Obstestrics and Gynecology Research, vol., 131, May 2018, 108S ff. (Thanks to Gwinyai Masukume for bringing this to our attention.)

The authors, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora and Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver, include data on:

Cleaning practices—

Wipe front to back

Wipe back to fr

They state this conclusion:

In this large cross-sectional study we found that oral sex was the only independent predictor of urinary tract infection and bacterial vaginosis, and that wearing noncotton crotch underwear was associated with yeast vaginitis. Wearing thong underwear was not associated with any urogenital infections. Medical providers should discuss sexual practices and underwear fabric, rather than style, with their patients when there is concern for urogenital infection.