Is waxing your pubic hair bad?

While many women are making yet another appointment to get their bikini area waxed so they can look fly during these last few weeks of summer, one doctor says it’s time to end the war with your pubic hair.

According to Dr. Emily Gibson, a family physician and the director of the student health center at Western University in Washington, constantly shaving, waxing, and grooming your pubic area can cause some serious problems.

“Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds.  Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area.  When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA).   There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant.   It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals,” she warns.

In addition to scrapes and infections regular grooming can cause, Dr. Gibson also points out that some doctors have also found that freshly shaved or waxed genital areas are more vulnerable to herpes infections because of microscopic tears in the skin.

So while the beauty industry continues to tell men and women that they need well-groomed nether regions, Dr. Gibson says that we should just let the hair stay right where we found it.

What do you think? Do you shave/wax your pubic area? 

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  • Just read about this in a hilarious chapter of the book, “How to Be a Woman.” The ones who say our fascination with Brazilians are due to the porn industry are right. They may look like they’re having fun, but I’ve read that bare genatalia in porn is just to make men’s penises look larger and the make footage of insertion clearer. Not anything I need to imitate. Health should always trump contrived notions of beauty.

  • I have some old porn video clips of the 20’s and 30’s and women did not shave their pubic hair. Modern day porn requires it.

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  • DGP

    Understanding that in today’s culture or for that matter the last 25-30 years less is better. Unfortunately or fortunately I do not subscribe to that train of thought. I wonder about a persons true sexual proclivity when you enjoy sex with a hairless or next to hairless “woman”? I believe there is no such thing as too much hair as long as hygiene is maintained. Just one man’s opinion.