As women, our bodies are complex.  We often have to find mindful, creative ways to take care of ourselves, and the slightest adjustments can throw our entire systems out of balance.  Just like making sure to stay hydrated or maintaining proper grooming practices, us ladies have to affirm that our panty drawer is full of underwear that promotes healthy, happy bodies.

There are many varied materials available in the underwear sphere, and some are better than others depending on what your level of activity is.  To better understand what will best optimize the health of your nether regions, we have to explore types of materials and their specific benefits.

Common Underwear Fabrics


Cotton is strong and highly breathable.  Because of its ability to ventilate, simply wearing cotton underwear, or at the very least, underwear with cotton lining, is said to be a great way to maintain vaginal health.  However, cotton has a high absorbency rate, allowing it to become wet easily—which can become a breeding ground for bacteria.


Elastane, sometimes known as spandex, is the oh-so-stretchy material that lays tight and flat against your skin, ridding you of pesky panty lines.  Elastane, however stretchy, traps lots of moisture and doesn’t easily wick, making it important for your underwear to contain lower overall percentages of elastane.


Also known as nylon, polyamide is strong, durable, extremely lightweight and has a soft, appealing touch that feels luxurious on the skin.  Nylon panties are extremely wicking, but can easily trap heat, making them a bit sticky and unsanitary if you’re in areas prone to hot weather.


Polyester holds color extremely well and is known for its resilience and tensile strength.  Polyester also wicks moisture excellently, dries quickly, cools down fast, and traps very little heat, making polyester and polyester blends a perfect choice for a workout or on an especially hot day.


Made from a super-soft fiber of beech trees, modal is highly breathable, extremely durable, resistant to shrinking, doesn’t trap perspiration or odors, and wicks moisture away from the body better than cotton. While more uncommon, modal is increasing in popularity as materials to be used in underwear.


Then Which Types Of Underwear Are Best For My Body?

There have been claims that only cotton underwear should be worn to prevent infections, but these have been refuted by OBGYNs that have firsthand knowledge on how women’s bodies operate combined with scientific measures of moisture retention by different materials.

Overall, women should choose fabrics—or fabrics with linings—with an emphasis on breathability that does not trap moisture easily, and makes them personally feel good.  Moisture is the ultimate factor in vaginal health and infections, and choosing breathable fabrics and those based on your level of activity and surrounding climate will help to mitigate bacteria.  Combined with mindful panty selection, a few suggestions below demonstrate flawless care for ideal vaginal health. 

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Tips to Maintain Healthy Panty Habits

Don’t Wear Tight Panties

Tight, restrictive underwear inhibits air flow and traps heat and moisture.  Even if you have breathable cotton or modal panties, too-tight underwear is a recipe for infection.

Minimize Thong Use

Thongs can easily slide, transporting bacteria and causing discomfort and irritation. Panty lines are usually the precursor wearing thongs, but overall, just keep the use to a minimum.

Use Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent

Contact dermatitis, a common irritation, originates from non-hypoallergenic laundry detergent. Some dryer sheets can be the culprit here too, so make sure you’re being picky about the labels.

Change Underwear Regularly

It’s important to change underwear regularly – sometimes even twice daily, and especially immediately after a workout.  This will prevent trapping and spreading infections, and will keep your vaginal area sanitary.

We recommend you use the highest quality fabrics and materials for all of your underwear and wirefree bras!