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G-Strings – The Pros and Cons

G-Strings. Otherwise known as “thongs”, you either love them or hate them.

I have to admit, I am a fan – and have been for the last two decades, when I discovered them at the age of nineteen. My mother was confused by this. My grandmother was scandalised. They could never see how it could possibly be comfortable – or what the point was if my butt wasn’t covered.

But therein lies the whole point. Don’t get me wrong; I do like big “Bridget Jones” undies under certain circumstances. Like in winter. Or when the tummy absolutely MUST be given a little extra help at being sucked in. But come summer, when it’s hot, or when thinner clothing might display the dreaded visible panty line, there’s nothing better than a G-string.

Some ladies might say going commando in these circumstances is the better option. Um, no. I’m afraid I just can’t do that. It seems, somehow, totally unhygienic…

For the uninitiated, a g-string (or thong) is an undergarment which covers the pubis and the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a thin band which runs around the hips. It was first invented in its modern form during the age of jazz, when it was worn for modesty by burlesque dancers.

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So what are the pros and cons of wearing g-strings?

Pros:

• Feels like wearing nothing if the correct size is worn
• No visible panty line
• Can look and feel very sexy
• Can be cooler in hot weather
• Can be incredibly comfortable
• Guys tend to love them

Cons:

• Can be uncomfortable or even painful if the incorrect size is chosen
• Should not be worn every single day
• Under some garments, your butt might get rubbed or irritated – for example, rough or heavy jeans
• They are not going to absorb sweat on a hot day like briefs will
• Worn with pants that sit on the hips, you may be able to see the thong above the waistline – not a good look

Tips to Successfully Wearing a G-String

• Always choose a cotton garment, or at the very least, one with a cotton gusset
• Change regularly – at least every day.
• Choose a size larger than your normal underwear – this is both more comfortable as well as more sanitary
• Accept that it can take some getting used to
• Accept that wearing a lace thong might defeat the purpose of wearing them insofar as the visible panty line – like lace bras, lace on a thong will often show its texture through clothing
• Don’t wear a g-string every day
• Never wear a thong for sleeping at night
• Avoid wearing a thong when menstruating
• Avoid wearing a thong for long trips, like flying

Underwear and Good Health

  • For optimum health, men and women should both opt for cotton underwear. Cotton is breathable, comfortable, and absorbs moisture – thus reducing bacteria growth. Still love the satin, lace or polyester briefs? Satin and lace undies are so pretty – yet they aren’t so good for you. Think of them as you would sweets – a “sometimes” treat, but not a daily go-to staple. And make sure they always have a cotton gusset.

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  • Many modern fabrics are even better than cotton at wicking sweat and keeping the wearer drier. And make sure they always have a cotton gusset. But don’t be fooled by “silver infused” antimicrobial undies – just a few washes and at least half the silver is gone. Not worth the money, is it?

 

  • What is healthier – underwear or going commando? It all comes down to fabric choice. The groin is a warm and moist environment – a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Cotton undies will catch and absorb sweat, so should be worn for optimal health. There are, however, some pants and shorts these days made with inbuilt “undies” – with antibacterial wicking fabrics. In these cases, undies aren’t really necessary.

 

  • Another underwear “staple” that really shouldn’t be worn every day is the high control shape wear so many of us rely on for a smooth (and slimmer) shape. Great for a night out or a special occasion, care should be taken that the right size is chosen. Don’t go too tight!! Frequent wearing of shape wear, or wearing pieces that are too tight, can lead to a myriad of health problems – from heartburn to pain, bloating to flatulence, digestive upset and incontinence. Other risks include pain and numbness or tingling in the legs and feet, poor circulation, varicose veins, swollen ankles and even blood clots. Finally, moisture is often trapped by these garments – resulting in skin irritations and infections. The moral of the story? Keep your shape wear for certain occasions or outfits – not for everyday wear.

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  • Love your thong or g-string? It might not actually love you. Fabulous under tight clothing, it is actually a hazard if worn for too long or for exercising. The issue is not only if the thong is too tight (ouch!) but that it acts as a wick, drawing moisture from the rear towards the urinary tract – leading to possible infections. Again – wear “sometimes”, not “always”.

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Everything in moderation – what better reason than to have an underwear wardrobe containing many kinds of undies?