Good for you, bad for you: Going commando

Some people do it to let loose and air out, others because they think it’s sexy and some just plain think it’s more comfortable. But is it safe to un-invite your underwear to your pants party?

Patty Quinlan, supervisor of nursing for student health services, says because a lot of blue jeans are made from linens or cottons there’s no more harm in only wearing them than wearing your regular underwear. Quinlan says that the best kind of fabric for underwear is made from natural fibers such as cotton, because it doesn’t harbor organisms that cause infection.

When deciding whether to go commando, first consider the comfort issue. There are a lot more seams in jeans and pants that could make wearing them without underwear uncomfortable. The tightness of the pants you’re going commando in could also be a comfort issue.

The other, bigger issue is commando cleanliness. Not wearing underwear in pants or jeans that are dirty could lead to an uncomfortable infection, Quinlan says.

In the end it comes down to personal preference, just make sure your pants are clean.

Verdict: Good for you, if you stay clean

  • Updated Oct. 1, 2009 at 6:00 am