With different sizes and styles of underwear, it can be difficult to find the right size for the exact fit that is desired. As they are often labeled as only small, medium, large, extra-large, etc., they are not as exactly fitting as other clothing items and they are not easily tailored. If they are slightly too tight, they will stretch over time, while if they are too loose, there are few ways to tighten them.
Should Underwear be Tight or Lose?
The best fit will be neither too tight nor too loose. If they are too tight, they can restrict the blood flow to the legs and other areas, creating discomfort, pain, and concerns for circulation. This can reduce the range of motion as well, making walking and sitting more difficult and uncomfortable. When underwear is too loose, it can continue to slip down and even fall off while walking or moving around.
How to Stretch Cotton Underwear?
Cotton is a flexible material that will both stretch and shrink easily. In order to stretch them, soak them in cold water for an entire day. Using either a wash basin, bucket, sink, or washing machine, place the underwear into the cold water without using and soaps or detergents of any kind. They must stay for a full 24 hours for the best results, and if they are not stretched enough at the end of that time period they can be soaked for longer.
When removing them to check the size, do not wring out the water. If the size is suitable, they can be moved outside to dry. Hanging them over a clothes line or using clothes pins to hand them onto a line will offer the best results. The water weight will continue to pull on the material and will cause them to stretch.
When left to dry in the sun it should take only a few hours, however you may find that if they take an extended amount of time or if it is not sunny enough, they may require a regular wash cycle before being worn.
Does Underwear Affect Sperm Count?
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the underwear chosen and how it fits, and the sperm count in men. Underwear styles that are loose and allow space for movement and comfort have resulted in higher sperm counts, while those that are more restrictive may reduce the sperm count. One of the key factors appear to be the retention of body heat, as those with a higher temperature in the area will have a lower sperm count. Restrictive or tight underwear do not allow for air flow and will hold the heat to the body, raising the temperature and therefore affecting the sperm count.
Loose underwear allow for heat to dissipate away from the body which will reduce the temperature. As the temperature is allowed to decrease, and movement is not restricted, the sperm count is seen to be higher.
Is it Bad to Wear Tight Underwear?
There are a few ways in which tight underwear affects the body. They will limit the blood flow and can restrict blood to the legs. It can also create a lack of air flow that will not allow the body heat to dissipate and the skin that is covered by the underwear will reach a higher temperature. This higher temperature is not only uncomfortable but can also decrease the sperm count in healthy men.
The limited movement and the restriction that is caused by underwear that are too tight is also uncomfortable. It can in some cases be tight enough to dig into the skin, leave red marks or indents where they sit, be uncomfortable or even painful, and limit the ease with which the legs move. They make it uncomfortable to sit and will not be comfortable to walk in. If they are extremely tight, they can also reduce the circulation and limit blood flow, leading to further complications.
How to Make Loose Underwear Tight?
Whether they are purchased in a size slightly too large, or have stretched with regular wear, underwear that are too loose are also problematic. They may shift and move, even bunching up in some spaces, while walking. It is common for underwear that is too loose to shift on the body and they can begin to fall off while walking, making it difficult to continue walking and often create a need to stop and adjust them before continuing.
For sports and activities this can effect the interaction with the sport and make it difficult to do well. It will also be uncomfortable, and any bunches that occur will be visible through the clothing as well as create areas that are digging in or uncomfortable to sit on due to their position.
There are few ways to make underwear that are loose tighter. Often washing in hot water and drying on a high heat setting will shrink the underwear and this can create a better fit. They may also be adjusted by gathering a small amount of the fabric at the waist and legs, folding it slightly, and stitching it to create a pleat.
While underwear that is too tight will often stretch with wear, those that are too loose will not tighten or shrink with wear, rather they will become looser. When shrinking underwear that is too loose it is important to not shrink them enough that they become too tight, and to find the right fit.
It is best to find underwear that fits exactly as needed. They should be neither too loose nor too tight, but with sizing varying between brands and the inability to try them on, it can be difficult to achieve the exact fit. To ensure that they fit well it may be necessary to complete some at home adaptations such as stretching them if they are too tight or shrinking them if they are too loose.