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What is the healthiest underwear fabric?

At Apele, we understand the desire for our most precious piece of clothing to be both comfortable and functional.  While panties might not be seen by everyone, they are felt by us all day long and serve far more of a purpose than just an extra layer of clothing. Have you ever thought about why we wear underwear anyway? What prompted panty production to begin with?

First and foremost, panties provide protection against more than indecent exposure – but also elements.  Not just the weather elements either.  More so, what we are wearing! We tend to buy panties as a barrier between us and our outer layer of clothing. From mishaps to discomfort. The type of undies you choose, while not likely to be a sole cause of a bacterial or yeast infection, can contribute to irritation and chafing, and worsen preexisting problems in the area. Certain materials trap in heat and moisture, affecting your comfort and the overall balance of good and bad bacteria. Others simply may be uncomfortable and cause skin reactions and chafing. Here, we share why cotton, while popular, isn’t our go-to for everyday mishaps and management!

Cotton is easily accessible and affordable – but not absorbent.

Given how readily accessible and affordable it is, cotton is the most common choice for panty production as it is rumored to also wick moisture. However, just because it may initially feel like it’s absorbing moisture, doesn’t mean that it is actually keeping you dry. In fact, many women report having to change their cotton panties several times a day because of the fabric staying damp after say a heavy discharge day or even a small spot of incontinence.

Performance nylon can be easily accessible and perform better than cotton!

Other materials, like our performance nylon, wicks away moisture from sweat, discharge, incontinence, and menses – making it more effective than cotton as it actually pulls bacteria and moisture away from your delicate and meant-to-be-dry parts.  “There is no data at all anywhere to suggest that cotton is better than synthetics,” Jennifer Gunter, M.D. an ob/gyn and pain medicine physician. “Cotton underwear will feel wetter after a workout, so if you are the type of person who sweats a lot, you may be more comfortable in the synthetics made to wick the moisture away,” she continues.

This is especially imperative to those who suffer from yeast infections often or even chafing that cotton can cause when actively participating in sports or even everyday duties. Performance nylon is a much better choice given the lifestyle of those everyday women with everyday mishaps.

What about thongs?

No matter the fabric, wearing any garment that’s too tight can cause some rubbing and irritation (both on your front and back ends).  For that reason, our performance panties are also made up of a seamless design that keeps the undies from moving.  Cotton can tend to bunch up or move easily which could find its way rubbing or chafing areas that just need their space. Our performance panties are specifically designed to ensure that our panties stay put as you move, without encroaching on the areas you don’t want them to move into or up against.  This is also why they make for better leak protection and an added layer beyond any other measures you may be using for untimely periods or similar leaks.

When opting for underwear that can keep up with your daily demands and bodily functions, it’s important to invest in undies that aren’t just mass-produced for ease and affordability but rather those that are made with you in mind and the overall purpose to keep you dry and sanitary in the midst of a busy lifestyle and active happenings that accompany such!


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