Should I Wear Loose or Tight Underwear?

We get it- you want your underwear to look good. That's why we regularly update our line of men's and women's underwear with new designs, colors, and styles. Underwear isn't just about looks, though. The real reason we all wear underwear in the first place has to do with health, hygiene, and support. With such a wide range of underwear to choose from, it may lead you to wonder if one style is better than another. Loose, baggy boxer briefs are nothing at all like men's briefs. So, what's the answer? Should you wear loose or tight underwear?

Loose or Tight Underwear?

The official answer is actually "somewhere in the middle." Experts recommend that you make sure you have properly fitting underwear. Your underwear should not be so tight that it leaves deep marks in the skin. Underwear that is too tight can lead to nerve irritation and damage in the vulvar region and this can lead to pain vaginally and rectally. The same goes for men's underwear. Underwear that is too tight can lead to pain and irritation all around the pelvis.

What About Sperm Count?

For years now we have heard that tight underwear leads to a lower sperm count. Doctors, scientists, and researchers say "Hold on now! Not so fast!" The truth is a little more complicated than that. Studies have found that men who wear looser underwear had a higher sperm concentration and total sperm count compared to men who wear tight underwear. Jorge Chavarro, a fertility researcher, and his colleagues found that men who mostly wore boxers had seventeen per cent more sperm and a twenty-five-per-cent higher concentration of them than men who preferred tight underwear. The reason why has to do with heat concentration.

That being said, both groups were still well within the range of what is considered healthy. Men were only encouraged to wear loose fitting boxers if they already had a low sperm count and needed a little extra help. That suggests the difference between underwear types shouldn't be overblown, researchers tell us. Even with the research, some experts aren't convinced. Germaine Louis, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, published a similar study in 2016 examining semen from hundreds of men, and failed to detect differences in fertility outcomes. "There's absolutely no difference in how long it took people to get pregnant whether [the men] were wearing briefs or boxers," she said.

The Choice is Yours!

You shouldn't be focused on whether loose or tight underwear is the right thing to wear, but rather that you need to buy new underwear that is comfortable for you. You don't want to wear underwear that is so tight it causes discomfort and irritation. On the other hand, it shouldn't be so loose that there is no support. You're looking for underwear that is just right!

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