The collateral damage of genital hair removal

The collateral damage of genital hair removal

Dr. Carmen Sala Salmerón, obstetrician and specialist of Gine-3 in quality of life of women, warns us that the total depilation of the external genital area increases “up to three or four times” the chances of getting a disease of sexual transmission, such as herpes and papilloma virus, or of contracting any other bacterial infection.

“Hair removal of the entire genital area, both in women and men, is not only a frequent social habit, but is increasingly widespread among the population, basically young girls, for two reasons: they are more attractive for themselves or to attract their partners; and, second, because it is more hygienic to offer them a much greater sense of cleanliness, “he says.

Total hair removal, microscopic excitement

A study published in 2016 by the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections , of the British Medical Journal , already concluded that hair removal was closely related to the increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); and that this risk was greater among those who wax more frequently and with more intensity.

Extreme epilation is maintained “daily” in the borderline cases -says the Catalan gynecologist- but the vast majority of women do it on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis … until they seek a definitive solution with the application of a laser beam.

drawing of the pubic area
The vulva forms the external zone of the female sexual anatomy.
The vaginal lips (greater -external, fleshy and covered with hair- and smaller -internos-), which are skin folds, smooth or rough, and which change color according to age (from pink to brownish); the glans of the clitoris, located where the labia minora meet; the urethral orifice, where you urinate, just below the clitoris; and the opening of the vagina.

The study showed that the practice of shaving pubic hair was associated with an 80% risk of acquiring a skin-to-skin contact infection of the couple.

13% of the young people who participated in the survey stated that they had suffered at least one of these infections: herpes, human papillomavirus, syphilis, molluscs -bultos-, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV or crabs.

The Spanish Society of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) also highlights that this sexy  fashion has caused a significant increase in venereal diseases, such as genital warts – papilloma warts.

While men often use electric razors to shave, with little risk and pain, except when using scissors, women self-injure, without pretending, making imperceptible cuts, abrasions and burns with blades, creams or waxes, which brings a great opportunity for the pathogenic germs.

The wax also causes the follicle to remain encysted and the hair does not cross the last layer of the skin, generating folliculitis … ” granites and granules ” … The blade shaves the hair and, as this hair is not smooth, but wavy, when cutting it It gets stuck in the epidermis.Woman legs with manual razor

“Total depilation of the vulva produces friction injuries when wearing tight pants, especially when riding a bicycle. The skin, unprotected from all its hair, is exposed without protection and deteriorates, being at the mercy of viruses and bacteria, “he argues.

These wounds, which occur above the skin, allow microorganisms to penetrate easily and create an infection by fungi, tinea, staphylococcus, streptococcal bacteria, papilloma virus warts, herpes or syphilis.

” In addition, women MAXIMIZING both personal hygiene, with special soaps and cleansers, disinfectants, that is hunger and desire to eat together ,  which increases in three or four steps the likelihood of infection , ” he reports. 

The total hair removal has generated, in addition, a very remarkable increase of vulvar aesthetic surgery  , that is, the gynecoesthetic:

“The hair covers or minimizes the visual perception of the external shape of the vulvar lips. When a woman shaves this hair, the vulva is seen complete, in all its anatomy; and then the internal comments begin … I do not like the labia majora, neither this nor the other … “, says our gynecologist.

Dr. Carmen Sala in the area of ​​exploration of your practice.
“Gynecologists and gynecologists are NOT partisans of extreme, total, depilation of the genital area, since medical and aesthetically is not a good option to improve the quality of life of women … It is much better that you leave a little of hair in your pubic area , 

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