The end of winter is the season of The Great Hair Removal for most women. Once the temperatures rise and bikini season approaches, salons are backlogged with requests to get rid of it all. But when it’s cold? The more, the better for most of us.
If you wax, shave or cream your hair away, you’re definitely part of the majority. Roughly 80 percent of women report doing something to tame the mane down there. But most of us are opening ourselves up to some pretty funky complications when we do.
Most of us are willing to put up with the occasional ingrown hair. But when it comes to removing hair the wrong way, you can open yourself up to infections, sexually transmitted diseases and worse. So before you end your winter hibernation with some significant hair removal, take a minute to read these very good reasons for leaving your pubic hair alone — or, at least, changing the way that you deal with it.
Not All Waxees Are Equal
If you’re overweight, you’re almost three times more likely to develop skin complications.
You Can Rip Your Skin Right Off
Some women are more prone to losing skin during a wax — and most won’t know until it happens to them.
You’re More Prone to STDs…
Hair is a natural barrier. Without it, you’re much more prone to contracting an STD — especially STDs that are passed through skin-to-skin contact like herpes and genital warts.
If you do wax, doctors recommend that you wait a few days before your next date just to be safe.
…And Staph Infections
Waxing and shaving creates tiny abrasions. Add moisture to that and you have an ideal breeding ground for staph infections that you can pick up almost anywhere: from your towel to your partner.
You Can Get STDs From The Wax Itself
Just ask this woman.
It Could Be Changing Your Smell
If you’ve noticed an increase in vaginal odor, extensive waxing, à la the Brazilian, could be the cause.
Diabetic Women Are Prone To Serious Complications
Infections from waxing or shaving have serious complications for diabetic women — like this woman who almost died after having a reaction that included a full-body rash, high temperature, and swollen vulva.
60 Percent Of Women Have Had At Least One Health Complication
The likelihood is that if it hasn’t happened yet, it might just be a matter of time. Be sure to check out anything that looks off by going to your doctor.
You Can Permanently Discolor Your Labia
A frequently waxed labia can often develop an eczema-like condition called lichen simplex chronicus that leaves your skin thick, itchy and peeling.
Yeast Loves A Razor
Razors that stay moist in the shower are prone to collecting the yeast that can result in chronic yeast infections. If you’re shaving close, be sure to let your razor dry out thoroughly between uses.
Two Words: Ingrown Hairs
And they’re not just annoying — they can lead to serious infections that require a doctor’s care.
Trimming Is Just Better
Waxing is fine for your bikini line. But when it comes to more delicate areas, a close trim will have fewer complications.
You Don’t Have To Bend To Peer Pressure
One doctor has exactly the perfect response for a partner who demands that you go bald.
1 in 5 Men Prefer Some Pubic Hair
The news isn’t all bad!