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5 Unintended Consequences of America's War on Pubic Hair

Posted by on May. 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM
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Question: Do you trim your triangle?


No. I'm au natural.

I shave the bikini line.

I shave it all off.

I wax bikini line.

Wax it all off!

I've gotten laser.


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As more and more women (and men) are expected to get rid of their pubic hair, it's time to look at some of the negative effects.


America's merciless war on pubic hair continues, with hair removal -- a trim or totally bald -- growing in popularity across gender and age groups, especially among the young: a recent study by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University found that the younger the woman the more likely she was to wax or shave all of her pubic hair. Meanwhile, alarmed health providers and researchers have launched a counter-offensive, publicizing the wide variety of nasty health effects. Here are 5 unintended consequences of our battle against pubes. 

1)The Spread of STI’s:The universe has decided humans need more ways to exchange diseases during sex.Earlier this year,a French médecin observed a surge of pube-less patients bespotted with the Molluscum contagiousm virus (MVC). The dermatologist concluded the MCV was spread amongst people who had shorn their pubic hair with razors carrying the virus (from a different part of their body), and/or bumped hairless uglies with MCV carriers. “Long ago, surgeons figured out that shaving a body part prior to surgery actually increased rather than decreased surgical site infections”, wrote Emily Gibson M.D.

Skin, especially the soft epidermis of your nether regions, is made vulnerable when hair is yanked out, or burned, slashed, or pruned off. “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)”, as well as herpes.

2) Injuries:Recently, thejournal Urology reportedthat pubic hair removal injuries increased fivefold between 2002 and 2010! A bit of unsolicited advice- when wielding blades around your genitals avoid going all Edward Scissorhands on yourself; 83% of those wounds were suffered from shaving (and only 56.7% of those reported injuries came from ladies). The study cites lacerations as the most common injury, with rashes coming in second. The report also describes “... the use of the shaving cream lid to control bleeding from a vaginal cut, self-circumcision with scissors, slip and fall on a razor with external genital injury, use of a razor to incise genital lesions, razor handle assault by another person, ritualistic genital cutting, and shaving skin over a spider bite” as some of the anomalous injuries sustained from hacking at the hedges. The study advises self-groomers “don’t shave while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Where’s the fun in that? Booooo. Also, do not shave and drive. Like this Floridian (of course) woman.

Severe infections have been hospitalizing the hairless as well: after two separate incidents of women being rushed to the ER due to infections from their Brazilian waxes, the state of New Jersey considered banning the service in 2009. A diabetic woman in Australia  nearly died from the life threatening bacterial infection incurred by her Brazilian wax.

3) The expense: In its comprehensive piece about the fiscal cost of being a lady with lady problems and lady expenses, Jezebel wrote that waxes are a conservative $35 (plus tip). I found they were typically between $45-$65, or more. For those that prefer to mow their labia lawn the old fashioned way, $15.95 a month is the estimated cost of shaving supplies, in addition to “soothing gels” and ingrown hair/razor burns solutions. Don’t worry dudes! When enjoying your Dr. Pepper Ten or sipping on Pepsi Max, you too can spend your money on genital vanity. Brands once solely associated with women’s grooming have createdproducts for men. “Who wears short shorts?” You do, bro. Salons are eager to manicure your manhood, offering services like Bliss Spa’s “the Ultimate He-Wax” (!) for a mere $125 (for the record, I think it’s masochistic to seek a brazilian wax from a place called “Bliss”).

4) The Message: 30% of the women wounded in the aforementioned Urology report were under the age of 18. Apparently, for teen girls to appear more grownup, they must look more...preadolescent. What messages are we subliminally sending girls as this body modification becomes normative?  Will they develop body-hairexia to round out the rich catalog of pervasive body image and gender issues that dictate “femininity” in pop culture (like talented, well-respected, renaissance woman Kim Kardashian who has demurely purred that she is completely hairless)? Anyone who hasn’t completely blocked out the emotional scars from that hormonal hellscape known as adolescence remembers that being perceived as “abnormal” is the social kiss of death. Will peer pressure teach girls that their vaginas are naturally ugly if follicle-y dense? Girls as youngas EIGHT YEARS OLD are getting waxed, and last July one salon ran a deal offering 50% off the first wax for any girl 15 years old or under! “Celebrate freedom and independence all July”, the advertisement demanded. From what, the nascent stages of puberty? HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Your middle schoolers can now get their pubes ripped out, suck it Red Coats! Lastly, let’s not forget that the appeal of the bare vagine (in America at least) was its aesthetic emulation of pornography.

5) Depriving yourself of pubes deprives you of their Darwinian advantage: Hey, guess what?! Your bush is not vestigial! It has several functions, should you let it be. Pubes are “pheronmone diffusers”- they “trap” pheromones and help you get laid. High five! And once you and your partner begin your motion in the ocean, the hair acts as a soft buffer to keep you from rubbing each others skin off. As mentioned previously, your private hair also protects your genitals from viruses and dirt and all the other the scary business of the outside world.

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by Ruby Member on May. 27, 2013 at 1:22 AM
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Molluscum is not an STD. My kids both had it around age 2-3. I can assure you they were not having sex.
by Satan on May. 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I thought with warmer weather arriving, we might have a look at this topic.

In my 20s I went through a hippy period, where I didn't shave at all.

Now (mid-40s), I wear men's style trunks over a swim top because I have skin issues & sensitivities with shaving. This way, I only have my lower legs and armpits to shave, which I only do when it's warm weather enough to wear tank tops & shorts. 

My skin could not tolerate waxing, & same dermatological issues (extremely fair/sensitive skin) preclude me as a candidate for laser. 

My 12 y.o. dd shaves her bikini line weekly, since she swims regularly on team. She has also been doing her lower legs & armpits for @ a year.

Dd resents having to do this, but recognizes that there are some social/societal norms we must make our peace with. 

by Platinum Member on May. 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM
I trim with clippers to keep the hair short, but no shaving or waxing in that area at all.
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by Satan on May. 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Quoting kailu1835:

Molluscum is not an STD. My kids both had it around age 2-3. I can assure you they were not having sex.

Thank you for pointing that out - the way it was written didn't make that clear. Although it can be spread sexually, it's not the only way to acquire it.

by Ashley on May. 27, 2013 at 1:39 AM
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I shave it all off. Its just the way I prefer it.

by Member on May. 27, 2013 at 1:51 AM

 I used to get UTIs often until I started shaving most of my pubic hair! I have no ill effect from shaving.

by Member on May. 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM
I'm hair free from the eyebrows down ... I don't grow pubes anyway
by Satan on May. 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

I have a question for ladies who shave it all off: don't you get rash, or razor bumps or ingrown hairs?

Doesn't it itch terribly?

Because I would experience all of the above if I shave my pubics, lol.

by Satan on May. 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Quoting Anastacia1988:

I'm hair free from the eyebrows down ... I don't grow pubes anyway

How is that possible?

by on May. 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM
Other-I have a special set if clippers for that. It's just like giving a dude a haircut. You can choose the length you want it and adjust the guides to it. Italso has other attachments one that looks kinda like a nose hair trimmer and one that looks like a typical electric shaver.
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