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To Depilate Or Not To Depilate

Shaving LegsThat is indeed the question. And it’s a rather hairy question, at that.

A while back Bug Girl at Skepchick waxed poetic on the topic in passing and it razored it’s head again a few weeks later.

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.

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 prune prude.

The image is from BeautyDen.com.

Filed under: Biology, Education, Entertainment, Science, Science Links, Sex

6 Responses

  1. Infophile says:

    So, do you remove, trim, brush, or otherwise spruce up your “down below”? Why or why not?

    No, and that’s because I’m male and there’s actively pressure against us to do that. Not that I’m one to succumb to pressure, but there’s just no incentive. Not the most illuminating reply, I know, but you asked.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    I did indeed, and thank you for sharing, Infophile.

    If there weren’t such pressure, would you be inclined? If you were with someone who preferred that you do, would you?

    And how do you prefer your lovers, if I may ask, and why?

    Kisses

  3. Martyne says:

    Easy JanieBelle, Infofile is only responding to your post. He is clearly uncomfortable about the question. Personally I would be happy to go for a Brazilian. How about you?

  4. I don’t. My wife does.

  5. JanieBelle says:

    You really think, Martyne? I didn’t get that at all. Huh.

    Rev. Chimpy, that’s interesting that one of you does, and one doesn’t.

    Kisses

  6. Infophile says:

    Nah, I wasn’t uncomfortable, just answering as for what my reasons were. To answer the followup questions:

    As for doing it myself, I’d prefer not to in that it’s a lot easier to manage the hair than it would be to keep it constantly shaven. That being said, this wouldn’t be a deal-breaker if I find someone who’s perfect in other ways but demands this.

    As for my lovers, I honestly don’t have enough experience in comparing both ways to be able to know which I prefer. Visually, it doesn’t really matter much to me.

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