Britons are being advised to go commando to beat the heat – with doctors saying ditching your pants is good for you.
Medics say not wearing underwear allows skin to cool more efficiently through sweating.
Airing your ‘bits’ also reduces body temperature, can improve sperm count for men and reduce the chance of getting a fungal infection – often caused by heat.
But medics also warn people to beware of painful zip injuries and wearing rough clothing against sensitive areas.
Who knows… even the most respectable-looking among us may actually be going commando (stock image)
Sexual health expert Samantha Evans told the Daily Star, ‘For better health in intimate parts, women should ditch underwear whenever they can and wear long dresses or skirts.’
While medical group Rush said, ‘Skin is part of your body’s cooling system. Sweating cools the body and keeps its temperature in a healthy range.’
Other experts say the benefits of going commando are different for men and women.
According to the healthline website, Candida, the bacteria responsible for yeast infections, thrives in warm, moist environments, and ditching underwear can reduce the risk for women. .
‘Wearing tight underwear or undies that aren’t made of a breathable material, such as cotton, can retain moisture in your genital area and make it easier for yeast bacteria to grow,’ they said.
The also said not wearing pants can help reduce vaginal odour and discomfort as moisture from sweat and heat can make the genital area smell more strongly.
With regard men, the experts advise that going commando and well-ventilated can reduce fungal infections.
They said that ‘warm, wet genitals’ are a breeding ground for fungi, which can cause ‘redness, irritation, and itching’.
But they warned that those who do go commando should wash their clothes regularly.
‘Genitals carry a lot of bacteria,’ they said, adding that you should only wear clothes that touch bare genitals once.
Meanwhile, risque men and women have taken to social media to urge others to go commando.
Abi Hynes tweeted, ‘Surely we can all agree it’s no bras in this heat.’
While British TV presenter Marverine Cole tweeted, ‘Wonderful surprise to spend this morning…discussing the day’s news.
‘When you get Tory leadership race, supporting British pubs and should we go commando in the heat in one show, you know it’s top one.’
TV presenter Marverine Cole has been discussing the topic on daytime TV
Others posted about going commando, especially at the gym.
On TikTok, one with the handle @Sophiep.fitness, said, ‘I barely wear underwear with anything anymore.
‘And no it’s not gross. It kind of airs it out a little bit down there.’
But she warns against going commando with jeans in case it ‘hurts a little bit’.
Another, @sofs.travaglini, also promoted the benefits of ditching undergarments.
One TikTok user urged followers to try going commando, saying she only wears pants with jeans
Another looked very happy at her little secret – then shared to all her Twitter followers
Either way, the hot weather looks set to continue.
The Met Office has further extended its amber weather warning to cover next Tuesday.
This means Britain’s heatwave will likely last another two weeks.
The BBC forecasts temperatures of up to 37C on Tuesday with a record 39C possible.
It is set to remain at 27C or higher for every day through until late July.
The Met Office said, ‘Temperatures will likely be above average for most towards the end of July, with the potential for it to be hot across England and Wales.’
Meanwhile, rail bosses warned trains could be cancelled and speed limits imposed due to sizzling track temperatures.
Network Rail said journey times could be longer due to the slower services and urged passengers to take plenty of water with them.