We all know that cutting back on stuff that stresses us out can work wonders for our mental and physical health, and the start of the year is the perfect time to make this a priority.
One of the easiest ways to dial back anxious thoughts and discomfort is to get comfy.
This month, work on your wellness by revamping your wardrobe with flowy, breathable bottoms and intimates. Your choice of clothing not only affects your comfort but can also impact your vaginal health. Here's where eMed steps in to offer a solution that aligns with your well-being goals.
It’s all part of our focus this month — peep our wellness calendar here.
What you wear can impact your vaginal health.
Did you know that wearing tight bottoms can lead to more than just abdominal discomfort? Certain kinds of fabrics don’t do a very good job at wicking moisture, preventing bacteria, and allowing airflow down there…which can lead to an increased risk of several common vaginal infections.
Shopping for bottoms are easy on the eyes…and on your private parts.
Fabric, age, and cleanliness all play important roles in keeping your vagina in tip-top shape. So if your undies have seen better days, toss them and shop for fresh new finds. Opt for cotton whenever you can, too — it’s breathable, which helps prevent discomfort and bacteria related to excess moisture and sweat.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your bottoms — especially your underwear — clean. Nix the fabric softener and go for a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent without scents to protect your most sensitive areas from irritation.
If you notice any discomfort, get tested.
Sometimes, we catch infections down there despite our best efforts not to. It happens to most of us! If you notice symptoms like itching, burning, dryness, or pain when you pee, you could have a vaginal infection. Our feminine health kits let you test for UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections from the comfort and privacy of your home. Collecting a sample and getting results usually takes less than 20 minutes. And if your results indicate an infection, you’ll be
prescribed treatment the same day.
What’s more, our tests last for up to two years — so you can plan for tomorrow, today by stocking up.
Ready to revamp your self-care routine via your wardrobe? Let’s start with pants you’ll want to live in.
These flowy favorites flatter every body type, and can take you across all four seasons depending on the material you purchase. What’s more, options with elastic waists can keep you feeling comfy through menstrual bloating, post-partum recovery, and those first few weeks after all that holiday feasting. Here are some of our top picks:
- Open Edit Drawstring Wide Leg Pants: $31.85 at Nordstrom
- BLVB Cotton Linen Pants: $12.99 at Walmart
- Lou & Grey Signature Softblend Wide Leg Pants: $79.95 at Loft
Swoon-worthy skirts are up next.
A beautiful skirt is the perfect accessory for date nights, daytime strolls, or anytime you want to feel flirty and feminine. This year, eschew a fitted pencil skirt or sky-high mini for something soft and loose — think pleated midi numbers or laid-back boho styles that skim the floor. As for the waistband, go for something that will hug your tum, not squeeze it.
- Karl Lagerfeld Elasticized Waist Skirt: $53.41 at Bloomingdales
- Ulla Johnson Rami Pleated Satin Maxi Skirt: $294 at Saks Fifth Avenue
- Satin Pleated Midi Skirt: $81.99 at White House Black Market
Ahh-mazing intimates you’ll love.
When it comes to your most private parts, you can’t put a price on comfort. Luckily, there are plenty of options for buttery-soft, barely-there bottoms that won’t break the bank. If support is your priority, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered, too.
- SKIMS Fits Everybody Full Brief: $20 at Saks Fifth Avenue
- UnderEase High-Rise Bikini Underwear 3 Pack: $48 at Lululemon
- Vanishing Tummy Retro Brief: $24 at Soma
You’re one step closer to a comfy, stylish, infection-free new year. Start shopping now, or learn more about our feminine health care kits here.