Is all this fungus talk skeeving you out? Me, too. Fortunately, going commando greatly decreases your jock itch risk. With that, let’s go straight to the pro:
“Less tinea, less laundry, breathable, less moisture, less spending on underwear,” Soleymani acknowledges. “Cons: more laundry, necessary to keep pants and shorts clean, prone to injury from zipper accidents, skid marks, ‘flow’ stains, testicular torsion.” Just when you think you’re hearing good news, you get hit with the grossness.
Boxers, briefs, and commando ALL SUCK. Just kidding, there’s more to it than that, obviously. But Werthman’s advice of sticking with what’s comfortable to you seems more and more sound. The bottom line is that since you don’t have to worry about underwear affecting your fertility, you can go with whatever fits your lifestyle and comfort standards. So stop bugging Werthman with underpants questions.
“People waste their time talking about an old wives’ tale that has nothing to do with science, instead of things that actually matter,” Werthman says.
And whether you wear boxers or briefs, for the love of God, buy a new pair. Yours are probably disgusting.
“Last pro tip,” Soleymani says. “I see so many people -- even high-level professionals -- in my office for skin checks with dirty, skid-marked, blood-stained underwear. Be courteous and wear clean underwear daily and throw away underwear that is soiled.”
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Missy Wilkinson is glad she’ll never experience testicular torsion. Follow her on Twitter at @missy_wilkinson.