Sex + Relationships

Watch Out for That Wax

Ladies, none of us like to talk about hair… down there. But maybe it’s time to — it turns out that waxing may increase your risk of getting an STI, or sexually transmitted infection.

A study out of France looked at 30 people infected with molluscum contagiosum, a virus causing painless,wart-like sores on your nether-regions. It turns out that 93% of subjects had also done some sort of hair removal.

Why does this happen?

Our hair acts as a barrier for our skin underneath. When we take that barrier away, we are exposing ourselves to thousands of bacterias and possible viruses. Worse yet, many hair removal methods can irritate our skin, resulting in cuts, burns, and inflammations that leave it even more susceptible to infection.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t panic. Plenty of people remove their hair and don’t contract the molluscum contagiosum virus or any other form of STI. But here are some ways to protect yourself, just in case.

1. One of the best methods is seeking out a professional wax, which is safer than shaving. Make sure to look for a salon that has’t violated any health codes.

2. Make sure they are using clean equipment on you, and that they don’t double dip applicators to the wax!

3. Ideally, the best kind of hair removal out there is laser hair removal, but that can be very expensive. Keep an eye out for Groupon deals that can get you up to 80 percent off a procedure.

4. Whatever hair removal method you choose, if you do end up with any irritation, be sure to use cortisone cream or bacitracin ointment to get rid of it fast!

5. It’s suggested that you don’t engage in any sexual contact until your skin heals fully. Yes, I know it may be hard, but your sexual health is at risk!

By Aisling Williams