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Dangers of Shaving your Pubic Hair?

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  • New research suggests shaving your pubic hair may increase your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) known as molluscum contagiosum
  • The number of cases of molluscum contagiosum have risen along with rates of pubic hair removal; among 30 patients observed at a private skin care clinic, nearly all of them had removed their pubic hair, the vast majority by shaving
  • Shaving or waxing can cause irritation and micro-trauma to your skin that increases your risk of contracting a viral infection
  • The virus may also spread through self-infection caused by scratching skin irritated by shaving

By Dr. Mercola

According to a recent survey, a large percentage of US college students remove some or all of their pubic hair, as does a sizable portion of the rest of the population. It's a growing trend that may actually have ancient roots, as pubic hair removal was thought to have been practiced among women in ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome.


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