For the 6th edition of my book, I decided to do a chapter titled Vulva Care--Keeping Your Kitty Happy. I was very fortunate to receive the advice of two highly experienced female gynecologists from two different parts of the country--so you might appreciate my surprise when they quite independently mentioned three of the same concerns about the way women treat their vulvas.
However, nothing I say should be construed as medical advice. Check with your healthcare provider before burning your thongs, panties or pads.
#1. Thongs are bad. Thongs can irritate and abrade the skin of your vulva worse than a boyfriend with rough hands. Another concern is the way that bacteria from your bum might be using your thong to rappel into the opening of your vagina. This can lead to vaginal and bladder infections.
#2. When possible, go commando (without panties) day and night--but especially at night. Contrary to what the manufacturers of women's underwear want you to believe, vulvas need air to breathe. This doesn't happen too well when you are wearing underwear, even if the crotch is made of 100% cotton. It especially doesn't happen when you are wearing panties or pajama bottoms and have the covers on. (Why do so many American women sleep with their underwear on? Is our culture that prudish about women's genitals?)