Let’s talk about sweating in your nether region (aka your crotch). Most Americans use deodorant, sprays, powders and creams to manage sweating, moisture and chub rub - which is essentially friction created from skin on skin contact - which is exacerbated with moisture. Especially if that moisture cannot escape your panties - it gets reabsorbed into your skin.
In my research, I’ve found that nearly 75% of women use deodorant and or powders in their underwear during the warmer months and some all year around. Deodorants and antiperspirants are used commonly to reduce moisture and control odor, but what companies don’t like to tell you is that Aluminum is the primary ingredient included in antiperspirant deodorants. This metal is used to “block” the sweat glands, decreasing a person's sweat by an average of 20%. The problem with aluminum is that it can pose serious health risks, like Alzheimer's Disease and breast cancer.
Second part of the problem is that baby powder is also frequently used and can be dangerous for women’s health. In 2017, Johnson and Johnson paid out 417 million dollars to a longtime user of the powder who has ovarian cancer. One 2013 study analyzed nearly 20,000 people and found that those who used any type of powder down there were 20% to 30% more likely to have ovarian cancer than those who didn’t use any powder.
The findings led the researchers to suggest that “avoidance of genital powders may be a possible strategy to reduce ovarian cancer . I’m pleading with you to please stop using baby powder in your panties. And I know a lot of men and women who do and don’t think twice about it, because it helps us be comfortable. Which is ultimately what we want: to physically and emotionally feel comfortable in our skin. And, we don’t really talk about sweating socially because sweating is supposed to be embarrassing - we’re socially conditioned to think that sweating is gross. But it’s not. It’s natural and people who sweat easily have an efficient cooling system.
Even though it might be uncomfortable to talk about sweating in our private parts, we MUST talk about it when we know the solution we’re using can lead to a 20-30% increase in cancer. We must to come up with better solutions that mitigate the reason we’re using these products in the first place.
Why do we get sweaty down there anyways? Well, it’s close to the core of our body which is the warmest spot. Also, if you sit, heat will increase wherever your body touches: armpits, under-breasts, around the belly and where the crotch touches our legs. It’s true. Especially if you have skin folds or rolls which are on bodies of all sizes especially if you’ve grown a baby! The truth is we all have skin that touches other skin and if we get too hot and sweaty our skin can rub and chafe and that is not comfortable. No matter what size you are.
Here is what I recommend as the the best solution for your crotch sweat comfort.
But what about my LACE?? OK, so your saying what about my lace panties - well, those are made of synthetics and will either trap the moisture between the panties and your skin or further perpetuate the chafing and we have plenty of other times to wear lace just maybe not in the summer or if you’re reaching to use baby powders, talc powders or gold bond powders.
Thanks so much for reading about getting sweaty down there and let us know if you have any questions!
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