Some men admit to holding on to battered underwear for over 20 YEARS

MEN are pants when it comes to buying undies — as some blokes only get new ones every five years.

And some hang on to the same battered old briefs for more than 20 years.

Even when they do opt for a new pair, they get partners or parents to buy them for birthday or Christmas presents.

But some experts claim underwear should be replaced every year.

Even with regular washing they can still become a breeding ground for infection-causing bacteria.

Clothing firm Tom Clinch, which carried out the poll, has said it wants men to take more pride in their pants purchasing.

Founder Nick Clinch said: “It was deeply depressing to discover that men invest in something as important as underwear so infrequently.

“They don’t hesitate to throw money at expensive suits but cut corners with underwear. It’s like buying a Ferrari and filling it up with cooking oil.

“It breaks my heart to see women in shops dutifully buying packs of pants for their husbands in their 40s and 50s.”

It comes as another survey found loose fitting boxer shorts are the undergarment of choice for 38 per cent of blokes.

The YouGov poll found briefs or Y-fronts are favoured by 27 per cent, while 25 per cent prefer a tighter boxer short.

But fertility doctors say wearing tight pants for too long can affect sperm count as the testicles become too warm.

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