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Numbness in Your Thighs? Abdominal Pain? It May be Your Jeans

Have you heard the news? Your outfit from Saturday night--skinny jeans and high heels--might be bad for your health. CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton was on "The Early Show" last week discussing nerve compression concerns that can come from wearing skinny jeans. "We're talking about a nerve that runs through the groin called the femoral cutaneous nerve, and with tight things, even tight jeans, it can become numb down the thighs and into the buttocks," she says. Adding that high heels can worsen the affect by putting more pressure on the nerve by tilting the pelvis forward. And that's not the only health problem that has been connected to tight jeans.


Yesterday morning on NBC's "Today" show, they reported that the common fashion trend can cause yeast and bladder infections, as well as gastrointestinal issues, often worsening conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux.

Dr. Roshini Raj, medical editor for health magazines says that yeast infections are more common in women that wear tight jeans, "It just creates a very warm, moist environment, which we know that bacteria love and yeast love," she says. Also, she talked about how gastrointestinal issues can be caused or worsened by the same tightness, restricting our intestines ability to expand and contract after we eat.

Can't live without your skinnys? Raj recommends wearing tight jeans in moderation, and when you do, accompanying them with breathable underwear.

So if you have to lie on your bed to wrestle your jeans on, it might be time to rethink your fashion choice.

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(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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