Going commando, aka “Free-balling” for men or “free-buffing” for women, might sound uncomfortable, even a bit gross, to those who haven’t embraced the sans-undies movement.
You might be surprised to know there are many reasons why people should give it a try – for medical and non-medical reasons. There are a few downsides as well, and we’ll look at those too!
THE PROS OF GOING COMMANDO
IT CAN HELP AVOID INFECTION
Contrary to rumor, going without panties will not lead to yeast infections or UTIs. In fact, the extra air circulation is good for your nether regions – aka your vagina likes the breeze.
Being cooped up in tight pants, non-cotton underwear, and G-strings actually increases humidity levels and therefore the chance for problems to pop up.
LESS SKIN IRRITATION
(For women). Panties sit close to the skin – we all know that hairless panty line or the red indentation after we peel our clothes off. Chaffing and rubbing of underwear seams can be quite uncomfortable.
Going without the extra layer can help calm the skin (assuming you’re wearing loose-fitting trousers or skirts.
A HIGHER LIBIDO
Knowing there’s one less layer between you and your partner, and the fact you’re doing something most people don’t can lead to some sexy mental stimulation. And what guy doesn’t melt when he hears “I’m not wearing any panties.”
This sizzling mind-tickle can sometimes lead to higher sex drives – and we all know sex has many health benefits. Double trouble bonus!
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NO PANTY LINES
Personally, I give zero frigs if someone sees my panty line. However, to some, it could be downright mortifying. If so, going without underwear altogether will make it easier to wear that tight dress – and avoid the headache of finding the “right” or “invisible” undergarments.
Yep. No more picking, pulling or waiting for no one to be around so you put yourself out of your misery. Granted, most wedgies come from ill-fitting underwear, but going without them entirely will save you this discomfort.
IT WILL BOOSE YOUR CONFIDENCE (?)
Some say that the sexiness and hint of naughtiness can make them feel more confident. This, in my opinion, is entirely down to the person. It might work for some, but make others feel very uncomfortable and self-conscious.
Still, it might be worth finding out.
IT WILL HELP FERTILITY
This one is directed to the gentlemen. Sperm mobility and all-around health can be affected by many factors, but HEAT is certainly at the top of the list.
Wearing briefs, even boxers, increases temperatures around the groin and can hurt your litter swimmers. Let things hang loose sometimes – if not during the day, then while you sleep.
THE CONS OF GOING COMMANDO
You can expect this if your trousers are too tight. Seams and rough fabric could cause discomfort.
Solution? Use baby powder or petroleum jelly in sensitive areas, or keep your lower clothes loose-fitting.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF INFECTIONS
Granted, you can avoid yeast infections, but if your tight-ass pants or jean seams can rub up against the delicate skin and cause micro-tears, which will allow bacteria in.
Solution? Like I mentioned before, save commando day for when you wear loose trousers or make sure the jeans don’t have really rough seams.
This also applies if you wear a skirt, and things hike up while you sit down – like public chairs/benches etc. Even your own furniture might not be a good idea. Just make sure you have something between you and your skin (like a long skirt etc.)
STAINS AND SPOTS
It could be crotch sweat on a hot day or that little drop of pee that you gents didn’t quite shake out in the toilet. There is a chance of something showing through. This includes surprise visits from your period.
Your underwear can collect whatever sweat or discharges that come about, however, without this, you’ll have to clean your clothes more often.
NO FITTING ROOMS
If you plan on trying on clothes, YOU NEED TO WEAR UNDERWEAR. Not only for your hygiene and health but for other’s well-being.
Bits of fecal matter and sweat can build up on the fabric and that won’t be nice for you or the other person who tries it on next.
HOW TO START THE COMMANDO JOURNEY
REMEMBER, YOU ALREADY DO IT
There is some clothing that you just don’t wear panties under – swimming suits/shorts, some exercise clothes, the occasional yoga pants, pajamas (when it’s hot as hell) etc. Chances are you’ve already done it and didn’t even think about it.
The easiest way is while you sleep or around your house where you’re most at ease. Get used to the sensation and learn which clothes serve you best.
This is especially important if you have any skirts or dresses that can inch up or lift when there’s a breeze.
KNOW YOUR CLOSET
Find out which dresses lift when there’s a breeze. See if any clothes have holes that could give people a free peep show. Decided which skinny jeans won’t cause chaffing etc.
FORGET THE 100%
You don’t have to go commando ALL the time. Maybe there are days where you just want an extra layer or your wardrobe just doesn’t allow it. If you do have to wear something, stick to cotton. It breaths better.
OTHER FREEING TIPS
- Get out of exercise clothes as soon as you get home
- Have a period tracker on your phone
- Have an emergency pair of (thin) panties with your pads
- Rinse your groin area daily
- Never wear dirty trousers or shorts, don’t even chance it
- Careful of your pubic hair when you zip up
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There you go – everything you need to know about going commando! But remember, if you REALLY love your underwear, no problem! Your happiness and comfort are paramount.
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So, my beautiful readers, which camp are you in? Commando or Undies?