Karmen grazed it here.
Dr. Tara had a close shave with a story about the down side (imkillinme) of pubic hair removal. Nasty.
More below the fold.
The particular individual described in the case report, however, already had untreated type 1 diabetes–a risk factor for a number of infections, including those caused by group A streptococci (Streptococcus pyogenes). This is the bacterium responsible for “strep throat” as well as serious invasive disease, including streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) and necrotizing fasciitis (the “flesh-eating disease.”) In the days following her bikini wax, she came down with a fever, and had swelling and pain in the waxed region (along with a “copious vaginal discharge.”) Still, she didn’t seek medical attention for another week, when she was in really bad shape. She presented to the ER with not only “grossly swollen” external genitalia, and pain so extreme that she had to be put under general anesthetic just so her physician could perform a gynecologic exam. She was so swollen that, according to the legend to Figure 1 (which you can find online, as the article is freely available), “she was unable to pass urine, and the vaginal space was obliterated by edema.”
Ouch indeed. It gets worse, though. I’m having trouble deciding if this woman was an addict or just a twat. Maybe both.
Six months later, the patient again attempted to remove her pubic hair by shaving herself; however, she had difficulty visualizing the area. She subsequently developed a recurrence of herpes and cellulitis of her vulva. She was readmitted to the hospital and was treated with valaciclovir and penicillin, and her condition improved…Despite her traumatic experiences, the patient was keen to undertake further removal of pubic hair.
Snips of discussion have sporadically broken out around many little corners of the blogosphere on the pros and the cons, the clefts and the bumps, the bare history and the shear horror, and personal pruning preferences are being exposed all over.
So, do you remove, trim, brush, or otherwise spruce up your “down below”? Why or why not?
Speak up, don’t be a
The image is from BeautyDen.com.