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Do you bikini wax?

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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Here's One Really Good Reason to Skip That Bikini Wax

by Lindsay Ferrier Wednesday at 8:51 PM in Beauty & Style

BikiniCan't find the time for that bikini wax?

Well, maybe it's a good thing.

Doctors warn that shaving or waxing the bikini area can lead to a virus called Molluscum contagiosum -- and you won't believe what the virus leaves in its wake.

Doctors are seeing an "explosion" in the number of cases of the virus, which causes water warts -- small pink bubbles that can break out all over your body.

Do you feel the immediate need now to cancel that Brazilian appointment? Go ahead and do it. I'll wait.

Back now? Okay, good. Let's continue.

This virus can also be transmitted sexually. The water warts tend to spread over the victim's abdomen and/or thighs. (Is victim the right word? Because I just feel like these poor people are victims.) I really feel for the poor people who've come down with this virus, because you know many of them got their bikini line waxed specifically so they could either wear a bathing suit in public or so that they could feel groomed in front of a special someone. Well, nothing ruins both of those scenarios like a whole bunch of WARTS, right?

If that's not enough to make you think twice about waxing your pubes, Jezebel cites a study that shows pubic hair grooming-related emergency room visits are on the rise.

I'd hate for any of you to end up in the emergency room because of a pubic hair grooming incident.

What's the answer? Going au naturel, I guess, although I realize that most of you are against it. At least if you notice small pink bubbles "down there" after your next Brazilian, you'll know what it is.

You're welcome!

Does this virus make you think twice about getting a bikini wax?

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I guess shaving it can cause it too! :(

Waxing & Shaving Your Bikini Area Could Lead to a Nasty Infection but I'll Never Stop Doing It

by Mary Fischer Wednesday at 9:42 AM

razorsUh-oh. If you're one of those people who likes to keep things perfectly groomed "down there," then I've got some potentially bad news.

French researchers have found that shaving or waxing your bikini area may up your risk for contracting a viral skin infection. (Well, isn't that just great?)

Yep, apparently removing pubic hair (I hate that term) causes "micro trauma" to your bikini area, which can possibly help the spread of an infection called Molluscum contagium.

(Ick. It certainly sounds gross.)

Molluscum contagium is characterized by "pearly papules" on the skin. It can be spread by touching contaminated objects such as towels, or through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it. 

And since having sex and skin-to-skin contact are virtually one in the same, it shouldn't come as a shock that doctors are seeing more and more sexually transmitted cases.

Researchers in Nice, France, examined 30 people who had the infection between January 2011 and March 2012. And guess what? They found that 93 percent of them had their pubic hair removed. Of those, 70 percent had shaved their bikini area, 13 percent had clipped it, and 10 percent went the waxing route.

Huh. Pretty interesting stuff. I guess it does seem to make sense that you'd have a greater chance of catching a skin-to-skin infection if you don't have any hair protecting you, but somehow I'm guessing this research isn't enough to stop anyone from waxing or shaving.

I know there's no way in hell I'm about to give up my razor anytime soon.

You see, I hate, let me reiterate that -- I H-A-T-E body hair. And somewhere around the time I entered college, I started clipping and grooming my bikini area, and then at some point, I switched to the razor and shaved most of it off and never looked back. To this day, I shave at least a couple times a week, and maybe even more often than that in the summer.

I love having things under control in my nether regions, and I can't even imagine tossing the razor and letting things grow wild -- even if it does mean I'm more susceptible to a freaky infection. I'd rather be clean and hair-free than have my lower half resemble some sort of jungle -- regardless of what the risks are.

But luckily I'm married, so (hopefully) this isn't something I'll ever have to worry about. (As long as hotels change their towels on a regular basis, I guess. Eek!)

Do you shave or wax your bikini area? Would you ever stop?

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

never had a bikini wax before. 

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I've never had a bikini wax either.

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

No I have shaved before though

by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 6:22 PM

never had a bikini wax but i shave everything every single day. i've only ever gotten shaving irritation. interesting articles.

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I keep it natural down there.  

by Bronze Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM

no i just give myself a little trim

by on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM
I'm way top much of a wimp to wax... I just wear the short-style swimsuit bottoms!
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by on Mar. 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

eww. I've never waved but I do shave, especially in the summer when wearing swimsuits. This is scary though, gross!

by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Omg.. I may never shave again lol

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