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Early this year, This Morning host Holly Willoughby made the startling revelation that she didn’t wear knickers in bed.
This caused quite a stir with viewers and social media went into meltdown with discussions as to whether she was right or wrong. Even co-host Phillip Schofield, gave his opinion on the matter, saying that the blonde presenter was actually doing the right thing by not wearing knickers!
It all started innocently enough, when Phil asked Holly if she wore knickers under her pyjamas, pyjamas being the subject of the conversation in hand..
To which Holly burst into fits of giggles and declared: “No pants! No pants! Stop making me say no pants, live on TV!”
Much to Phil’s amusement and the rest of the watching world!
However, there is a serious side to this discussion and we wanted to find out what the experts say on this matter, so we asked Dr Deborah Lee for her opinion.
Dr Deborah Lee is from the Dr Fox Pharmacy, a fully regulated UK online doctor and pharmacy service managed by NHS GPs.
She told us that ditching one’s knickers may actually be good for your vagina’s health.
Yes, sleeping without underwear can actually be a good thing for your vagina.
However, if you’re susceptible to vaginal candidiasis – or thrush – then going commando could help.
She said: “Candida is caused by an overgrowth of yeasts, which like to grow in warm, moist places.
“Wearing pants in bed, especially if these are made of synthetic fabrics, and if you tend to suffer from episodes of candidiasis, may well be a causative factor.”
The reason is that bacteria and yeast infections thrive in a moist, warm environment. So not wearing underwear overnight reduces this.”
Dr Zahra Ameen, consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Cadogan Clinic agreed.
Dr Ameen told us: “Women who are suffering from recurring thrush are also advised not to wear knickers in bed to reduce the chance of infections.
“Because bacteria and yeast infections thrive in a moist, warm environment. So not wearing knickers overnight reduces this.”
And that’s not the only thing to worry about.
“Another problem that can affect women is vulvitis – inflammation of the vulvovaginal area, due to sensitivity to hygiene products, washing powders, preservatives, chemicals and dyes,” Dr Lee added
“Occluding the vulvovaginal area in undergarments, and baking them under the duvet, is not likely to improve the situation!”
She continued: “If women are accustomed to going to bed with their knickers on and it’s not causing any issues, there is no reason to change.
“But if they suffer from symptoms of vaginal irritation, leaving their knickers off at night may be one way of helping improve the situation.
“If they do want to wear underwear in bed, cotton underwear is likely to be the best option,” she said.
“If a woman is concerned about any vulvovaginal symptom – such as burning, stinging, soreness or painful sex – she would be advised to see her GP or visit the sexual health clinic.
“And, although this may be upsetting and embarrassing, there really is a great deal that can be done to help with this problem.
“She should not suffer in silence.”
So there we have it, ladies, it’s time to ditch the knickers for bed, for good!