Pubic landscaping has become so common that even men are getting "boyzillians". But would you still be eager to jump on this hairless trend knowing that risks of going bald down there include abscesses and staph bacteria?
Over at Alternet, Dr. Emily Gibson points out while going hairless might make you look good in a bikini, it could also be seriously bad for your health:
Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. 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). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.
One example that Gibson highlights is "cellulitis", which is soft tissue bacterial infection without abscess. These could affect the scrotum, labia and penis, and can easily spread from shaving or from sexual contact with strep or staph bacteria from a partner's skin.
As if that isn't traumatizing enough, she also points out tht some clinicians are finding that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to virus carried by mouth or genitals. If that isn't reason enough to cut back on the wax, we don't know what is!