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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Women who wear skinny jeans at twice the risk of painful vaginal condition

They’re a staple feature of many women’s wardrobes, but a new study might put you off reaching for the skinny jeans.

Researchers from Boston University School of Public Health have revealed that women who wear tight-fitting trousers are at twice the risk of developing vulvodynia .

According to the NHS website , vulvodynia is ‘persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva (the skin surrounding the entrance to the vagina).’

Symptoms of the condition including a burning, stinging or sore sensation, with pain often spreading to the buttocks or inner thighs.


In the study, the researchers analysed self-reported data from 213 women with confirmed cases of vulvodynia, as well as data from 221 women without the condition.

The analysis revealed that women who wore tight-fitting trousers four or more times a week had twice the odds of vulvodynia.

Meanwhile, women who reported removing their pubic hair from their mons pubis (the soft mound of skin above the genitals) were 74% more likely to experience the condition.

Dr Bernard Harlow, senior author of the study, said: “With an increase in the prevalence of pubic hair removal directly from the vulvar region, particularly in adolescent girls, the microabrasions to this sensitive area may predispose young women to immune-inflammatory complications.

“Likewise, tight-fitting jeans or pants can create an environment that fosters genital tract infections, which have been shown to be associated with vulvar pain onset.”


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