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Is it true airing out your vagina will help to not get infections. having no underwear or using cotton underwear? how long/often should you do this?

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Dr. Ravinder Nagpaul
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Not really: I do not think that it will help in any way. no scientific data availale
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Probably no need: unless you have been getting frequent yeast infections, then it may be of some benefit. Candida/yeast tend to thrive in conditions that are hot and sweaty, so during the spandex craze of the 80s it was a little more common and that is probably when the "airing out" advice was given. Doesn't prevent other infections however. Taking probiotics can also help keep the yeast population down.

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