I’m not afraid to admit that my favourite pair of jeans right now are my skinny jeans. I like how they look and they’re actually pretty comfortable. However, as it turns out, wearing skinny jeans can be damaging to your body. In 2018, a woman had to be cut out of her jeans because her calves suddenly swelled up. Her pants caused a build-up of blood in her legs, caused her to fall, and left her unable to get up for several hours. She had developed compartment syndrome, a condition caused by bleeding/swelling in a set of muscles that are constricted.

Wearing jeans that are too tight can lead to:

  • Sciatica
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Leg numbness
  • Worsening heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Urinary tract infections

In women:

  • Fingal infections

In men:

  • Testicular torsion/twisting
  • Ineffective sperm/lower sperm counts

Doctors say that, while these are all very real possibilities, they are very unlikely, so don’t throw your favourite clothes out yet. All afflictions caused by tight clothing give obvious warning signs, like numbness or being generally uncomfortable. Our example woman from earlier had actually spent several hours doing quite a bit of moving (crouching and kneeling) which expedited the process.

To lessen your risk of skinny-jean-related problems, make a habit of getting up and moving around frequently. This will help release pressure on areas that have been constricted and get the blood flowing properly again. More importantly, you should always buy clothes in your size. Sure, you may look great in those pants that are just a bit too tight, but is it worth a burning pain when you pee? Probably not. Heck, even a size that is too big is probably better; those are what we call lazy pants. If your jeans leave marks on your skin from the seams, they are too tight for you.

Fashion should come at the price of money, not your health.

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