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Should You Go Commando?

It seems as if the rash of celebrities flashing the paparazzi in too-short skirts and nonexistent undergarments has ended. But many women still prefer to go bare, or commando - eschewing undies to allow their nether regions a little freedom. Maybe it's to spice up things with a partner, simply more comfortable or a desire to be panty line free, but many women go without their underwear on a regular basis. Now that the weather's getting warmer and fashions get more revealing, should you try going commando? Consider a few things first. Health-wise, it's OK to do; however, if you're risking contact with places where you'll sit by wearing a shorter style, you should know that it's easier to transmit sexually transmitted parasites like pubic lice, aka crabs. And if you're wearing coarse material, like denim, then that can irritate the delicate skin down there, particularly if you wax or shave.


It's a matter of preference, but if you wear panties, particularly in the summer when sweat and moisture become a problem, wear natural fibers like cotton that can wick away moisture. Synthetics like polyester lock it in and can create problems like yeast infections. Undergarments have come a long way, and some are virtually invisible under those form-fitting garments. Look for lines such as Playtex's Barely There, or simply invest in a great pair of Spanx, the shapewear that reins in your curves while eliminating panty lines. The Undie-tectable line offers thongs, high-waisted panties (great for smoothing those muffin tops) and much more. So it's up to you if you want to join the ranks of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and more - just be sure to do it the right way.