Many beauty and health experts preach on not to shave or wax the pubic hair completely for the possible risk of sexually transmitted infections. The reason that they give is that Hollywood style wax removes the pubic hair completely. These pubic hairs are a natural barrier to protect against sexually transmitted infections. But is this really true?
Shaving, waxing some parts of pubes or completely removing them is a personal choice. Many women prefer it for aesthetic or hygienic reasons. But the experts suggesting Hollywood style wax to risk for STI’s is a distress for many.
Can waxing cause STIs?
A review study from 2017 tells that complete hair removal from intimate areas may cause skin microtrauma and may increase the spread of bacteria. The extreme consequences of this bacterial load involve vulvovaginal irritation and infection and it may also cause sexually transmitted infections. Another study from the research team of Ohio State University in Columbus presents completely contradictory results. It finds no connection between pubic hair removal and sexually transmitted infections.
A recent study published in the journal PLOS One studies this connection in detail.
The research team investigated the relation of recent pubic hair removal and gonorrhea and chlamydia, two leading sexually transmitted disease.
The relation between hair removal and STIs
The data from 214 female college students were collected with their consent. They filled a questionnaire with questions on their intimate grooming routine and habits. It also had questions about their sex life.
Nearly 98% of the participants were removing some pubic hair through waxing and shaving, and only 18–54% of participants like complete waxing. The findings confirm 10% of the participants as positive for these diseases with no active connection with hair removal practices.
The researchers believe that these findings are not surprising as there is no obvious reason for it. Moreover, the previous studies skipped many important factors to generate their results. So their results are not as such valid.
Comparison with previous studies
The research team believes that previous work on this didn’t consider sexual frequency. There are chances that a woman with more than one sexual partner has these STIs with or without pubic hair. It was a major element that relates to the occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases. However, it was completely ignored in previous studies. So having or not having pubic hair has no link with the occurrence of a sexually transmitted disease in woman.
Another point here is that a comparison with previous studies, this study uses lab diagnosis to confirm STIs. But, there was no such testing in all previous studies and most of the information on STI experience was self-report. It raises the question that this STI report may not be accurate. The previous researches also ignored to know if the participants are currently having a sexually transmitted disease or not. Keeping all this in view, it is difficult to build a connection between Hollywood style wax and the risk of STIs.
The authors of this study suggest women take proper guideline on prevention of STIs. It includes following safe sex practice and limiting the sexual partner. The study thoroughly rejects the connection between Hollywood style wax and sexually transmitted disease.