German gynaecologists advised women to wear larger knickers
G-string knickers can damage the skin and cause infections, experts in
Germany have warned women.
Dr Thomas Gent of the Association of Gynaecologists advised women to
wear bigger pants to avoid complications.
He blamed the friction caused by the string part of the underwear for
a big rise in the number of patients he had seen reporting genital
A UK gynaecologist said it was the ill-fit rather than the underwear
type that was probably the problem.
Dr Gent said: “G-strings can abrade and injure the sensitive skin
around the genital area – especially if they are too tight or made
with badly stitched material.”
This damage can aid the spread of bacteria and cause fungal
infections, he said.
Mr Nick Panay, consultant gynaecologist at the Queen Charlotte’s
Hospital, in London, said: “Certainly, if you are wearing something
that is two sizes too small it could lead to abrasions and discomfort.
He said if underwear is too tight it can create an ideal environment
for fungal infections, such as thrush, to grow and thrive.
“I’m sure properly fitting underwear is no problem, whether they are
briefs or a G-string.”