A leather vest has a variety of applications, from helping women stay active during childbirth to enhancing comfort during childbirth, according to a new study published in the journal Paediatrics.
The study also found that women who wear leather vests for extended periods of time also tend to have better vaginal health.
The leather vest is made of a material called lambskin that has been specially formulated to be waterproof and to provide better flexibility.
Women who wear a leather vester for more than three hours per day have a better chance of preventing pelvic floor pain, the study found.
The research also found a correlation between wearing leather vest and better vaginal outcomes for women who are breastfeeding, according, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“There’s a lot of interest in how leather vest technology might help women,” said Dr. Michael G. Johnson, director of pediatric endocrinology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Johnson is the lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.
“There are a lot more women out there who wear the leather vest, and a lot less women out who aren’t.”
The study, published online Sept. 25 in the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, used data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a survey that is conducted by the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention and the U of C. It also analyzed data from more than 11,000 women who were aged 15 to 59 who were part of the National Health, Nutrition and Aging Survey.
The researchers analyzed the vest’s durability and impact on vaginal health, as well as the effects of women’s clothing and footwear choices.
The vest had to withstand a 20-year exposure period of wearing it, the researchers found.
They found that, compared to women who wore nothing at all, women who worn a vest for a minimum of four hours per week had a 44 percent lower risk of getting a vaginal infection during the study period.
The women who did not wear the vest also had lower rates of vaginal infections during the period.
“The data showed that the women who had the highest likelihood of being infected during the three-hour vest period were those who wore the vest,” Johnson said.
The findings could have practical implications for women.
Women may want to consider wearing a leather belt during pregnancy, the authors wrote.
“Although a belt may not be as functional for women with back or pelvic pain, it can reduce the impact of the belt on the vaginal wall,” they said.
Johnson said that the findings have some limitations.
For one, the data didn’t capture the impact on women’s vaginal health of women wearing the vest for longer than three or four hours a day.
And while women who don’t wear a vest may not have a pelvic floor problem, there is still a significant chance that they might have pelvic floor discomfort or pain, Johnson said, noting that women might want to reconsider wearing a vest that isn’t designed to protect their pelvic floor.
The team also noted that the study is not able to tell whether the protective effect of wearing a vester on women in the first trimester of pregnancy is caused by women’s body weight, which could impact the protective impact of wearing the vests.
The full study can be found at http://www.pedsci.ucsf.edu/epidemiology/study/vest.html.
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