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Brazilian waxing can cause sexually transmitted infections

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Preliminary research conducted by French scientists and published in the Sexually Transmitted Diseases journal shows that Brazilian wax as well as other hair removal techniques could be putting you in danger of catching certain types of STIs.

The study’s lead researcher, Francois Desruelles, a dermatologist working at a hospital in Nice, France, sought to find out from 30 of his patients who were sick with molluscum contagiosum about the method that they use to remove pubic hair. This is a type of pox virus that is characterized by painless and wart-like sores.

According to the responses given, 93% of the respondents said that they had participated in at least one private-part maintenance method. Of these, 73% said they shaved their hair, about 13% said they clipped it while 13% admitted to having waxed the pubic hair away.

This is how

Generally, the pubic hair serves as a defense layer against all manner of infections, and this even includes any sexually transmitted diseases that you may be exposed to. Therefore, if you get rid of these pubic hairs, you are making your private parts more vulnerable to being infected. Another thing is that a healthy skin also bars diseases.

However, many methods of hair removal, especially when not done properly, tend to cause irritations, and microscopic wounds. If you use the waxing method, it causes burns as well as inflammation when not done properly. This makes you more susceptible to infections.

This does not mean waxing is bad

However, this is not to say that Brazilian wax should be avoided at all costs. This is because the research only focused on patients that had already been infected with the disease. According to Tracy Zvin-Tutela, an expert in infectious disease working with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, there are many more people who care for their pubic hair but do not contract the disease.

Other experts seem to agree with this view. For instance, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center head of Infectious Disease s Division, Dr. Jonathan Zenilman says that people should not make so much of the study. He warns that this study isn’t conclusive. He further says that there is a possibility that the patients’ risk of contracting Molluscum contagiosum could be increased by other factors that the patients share and not necessarily the pubic hair.

Factors increasing the risk of contracting Molluscum contagiosum

There are certain factors that tend to increase the chances of a person catching Molluscum contagiosum. They include having an STI that leads to open sores, sharing sheets, clothing and towels. Most women tend to be in committed relationships and specifically get a Brazilian wax for their partner, and can be spread after a waxing.This is according to the same study. Hair removal method may only magnify Molluscum contagiosum risk in these settings.

Professional wax is much safer

It is safer to get professionally waxed since you avoid shaving although quite riskier compared to laser hair removal. However, all methods of hair removal are quite benign when done in the right manner. If you happen to be a waxer, you need to ensure that the salon you choose is one that has not violated any health regulations and practices. Also clinicians need to ensure that they use new equipment or those that have been sterilized. Also, they should avoid double dipping applicators in the wax during the treatment process.

Should you get cuts, inflammation, redness or irritation after hair removal, you may want to make use of bacitracin or cortisone cream. These are Over-The-Counter drugs as these will help you dispense with the problem very fast. Also, until your skin is able to clearly heal, it is also better to avoid being in sexual contact. Although you may certainly find it difficult to hold off for a little bit longer, it is worth it because it protects your sex life.


Brazilian wax has been a popular method of removing pubic hair. However, in the light of this research, people might start thinking twice before they opt for it. However as stated earlier in this post, this study is not conclusive enough. In fact, if there is anything that this study can tell us is that there is an association between MC and hair removal. It does not show anything conclusive. Most hair removal methods will also expose you to the same danger if not correctly carried out. Therefore, you should not stay away from Brazilian wax just because of this.

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