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Low-rise jeans are lower than ever. They're also more popular than ever. All you have to do is watch TV to see snug, low-rise jeans and thong underwear. But that popular tight fit may be a little too tight. In fact, it could cause a medical condition called Meralgia Parethetica.
Doctor Scott Tongen says low-rise jeans can cause numbness. Another doctor reports seeing thousands of cases. "The problem is, girls could feel numbness or pain, and not know the jeans are causing it." But what happens is that the tight clothing literally pinches and compresses the nerves as it exits its location on the thigh, thus giving a numbing sensations or a pain sensation from the distribution of that nerve," Dr. Tongen said.
Another concern is thong underwear. Many young women wear them, not knowing the narrow strip of fabric in the back can cause problems. "The theory here is that it could wick the backteria from the back of the genital area to the front and cause bacterial infections, " Obstetrician Gynecologist Kay Mickelson said. Mickelson says it doesn't happen often, but there is a rist. Women have always been willing to suffer for fashion. But it seems now, they're willing to put their health at risk too.
A patient came to see Jill Maura Rabin, MD, because of a recurrent vaginal infection. The obstetrician-gynecologist was forced to break the news: The patient might have to stop wearing thong underwera, an increasingly fashionable choice for women, if she wanted to stop the infections that were plaguing her.
Although there are no scientific studies connecting the underwear to infections, Dr. Rabin and several other gynecologists report anecdotally that they are seeing an increasing number of women with recurrent uninary tract and vaginal infection connected with the style. Dr. Rabin hopes to do a study looking at the link.
"The thong is like a little subway car," said Dr. Rabin, who is head of uro-gynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. "The bacteria goes fromt he rectum to the vagina and to the bladder. Normal healthy patients shouldn't really be impacted by this, but anyone who is predisposed may have an increased incidence."
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