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Are healthy tight underpants?

Written by: Dr. Felipe Villacampa Aubá
Edited by: Top Doctors®

There are many myths not demonstrable around men's underwear , although two clear situations can be defined:

  • In males with significant perineal discomfort, excessively tight underwear may be one of the causes of such discomfort.
  • In men with inflammatory problems of the testicle or testicular cord (epididymitis, orchitis ...) too loose underwear causes the testicle to "hang" too much, stretching the cord and worsening symptoms.


In either situation, a pair of underwear that holds the testicles and prevents them from hanging , as long as it is not too tight, is probably the best option ( slip type or similar).


Regarding the material of the underwear is really no problem, as long as it is a tissue that takes care of the skin and let it breathe , just like in any other part of the body. In the case of dermatological conditions or delicate skin, specialists in Urology agree that 100% cotton is always a good choice.


In summary, apart from the two special situations discussed above (in which testicular support is an important factor), comfortable and breathable underwear is the norm.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Felipe Villacampa Aubá

By Dr. Felipe Villacampa Aubá

Dr. Villacampa is a specialist in Urology and an expert in urinary tract infections, urologic oncology, prostatism and urinary incontinence. In addition to practicing as a urologist at the EGR Institute of Medicine and at the University Hospital on October 12, he is a professor of this specialty at the Complutense University of Madrid.

He has received numerous awards for his research, including the prestigious Martin de Castellanos Prize for the best research project in Urology, awarded by the Complutense University of Madrid.

He is a member of the Spanish Association of Urology, the European Association of Urology and the Madrilenian Urological Society.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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