Thank you all for your responses.
I, too, feel naked without mine. However, I wore the scaprular prior to my current one for over 2 years and if I hadn’t washed it in all that time, I would have been walking around like the PigPen character in Peanuts. I’m not so holy that I don’t sweat and have skin secretions. To me it would be like wearing the same bra every day for 2 years without ever taking it off. In my opinion: Yuck. However, I have already admitted my own laziness at not replacing my scapular after I take it off to toss it into the washing machine. So this situation is certainly rectifiable.
I really can’t imagine wearing my scapular during sex, and I have always taken it off beforehand. It is extremely difficult for me to believe that couples wear their scapulars during sex. As a middle-aged married woman, I suspect – and I’m entitled to my own opinion here – that people **actually do **remove their scapulars for sex unless they have sex clothed and motionless. Again, my own opinion, based on my own experiences.
As for medical procedures, well, everyone had best pray that they do not need emergency surgery, because I assure you the medical personnel will cut off your scapular and you will not be allowed to wear it, nor the medal either (but I’m not talking about medals, since I don’t wear one.) I had surgery on my hand to remove a benign giant-cell tumor and everything had to be off, not one stitch on and no scapular, either. So, really, in case of surgery, accident, etc., none of us will be wearing our scapulars.
So, folks, again, my opinion, the honest answers are to wear our scapulars constantly except for bathing, medical situations, and sex.