Why Is There A Hole On The Front Of Men’s Underwear?

Many have wondered over the years whether the front hole of men's underwear has a purpose or not and all has finally been revealed.
Credit: Alamy

Have you ever seen the mysterious opening at the front of men’s underwear and wondered what it’s for? Well, finally we have an answer.

Over the years, people have hit up places like Google and Reddit to ask: “What’s the deal with those boxer holes?”

Most men probably have never even thought about it.

But hold onto your undies, because the truth is about to drop, courtesy of underwear brand Sheath, the brand with the answers.

Brace yourself for this mind-blowing revelation: it’s not just there for taking a leak.

Nope, it serves multiple purposes, and they might well blow your mind.

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Turns out, that little opening in your boxers is more than just a fashion statement.

Its main job is to make peeing a breeze while you’re wearing them, which is of course rather convenient.

But that’s not all. The Sun’s report sheds light on the secondary purpose of this functional feature.

So, it’s not just there for bathroom breaks. There’s more to it than meets the eye.

Man with pants down
People are only just realising what the hole in front of men’s underwear is actually for. Credit: Alamy

Clearly, the hole serves more important purposes than we thought.

Besides providing a distinct definition, a good pair of briefs should prioritise comfort, unrestricted movement, and support.

While some men on Reddit may consider the hole a pointless addition, there are many who see it as a valuable feature.

One Reddit user says: “They are a convenient way to pee when you are wearing a suit.”

Whilst another user comments: “But isn’t manoeuvring your p**is through that hole (usually with one button in the middle) more awkward than just pulling down the elasticised waistband and flopping it over the top edge?”

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With the minimal importance some men attribute to the flap, numerous manufacturers have introduced new product lines that exclude it.

Nevertheless, many men continue to opt for underwear with no flap, suggesting it might merely be a case of personal preference.

However, experts agree that the fly serves another purpose – enhancing the wearer’s comfort.

Experts at Sheath say: “Modern underwear bears little resemblance to what men used to wear even a few decades ago.”

Man in underwear
The boxer hole serves more purpose than we thought. Credit: Alamy

They also point out that the actual pouch where the fly is located has undergone significant changes.

In the past, this area used to be flat, lacking a natural contour for the p**is. Fortunately, men now have a better alternative.

New boxer briefs and men’s briefs feature a design with a roomier pouch, providing greater definition, comfort, support and freedom to the wearer.


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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.