Dear Dr. Kate,
I recently read in a women's health quiz that GYNs encourage patients to go without underwear when their clothing permits. I've tried this out for a couple of weeks and have actually noticed that I have less vaginal itching and irritation (and laundry), but is it really recommended?
I do recommend skipping underwear for patients with a lot of itching and irritation, since letting the vagina "breathe" seems to help (as it did for you). If they find it difficult or uncomfortable to do that during the day, they can simply go to sleep without underwear. And the nighttime nudity seems to work just as well. For women without any vulva worries, I don't particularly recommend it. But there's absolutely nothing wrong with going panty-less as often as you want.
Best of health,
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