Men and women alike pluck, wax, shave and laser away unwanted hair on just about every part of their bodies.   And while many say the process can be tedious, and at times a bit painful, there are very few who would describe it as being dangerous. But according to your urologist Des Moines, the dangers of hair removal – particularly in the pubic area – are numerous and varied.

Is it?

A recent study has indicated that the number of injuries in pubic grooming is on the rise. A 2012 paper was published in the journal Urology on the statistics surrounding injuries serious enough to be taken to the ER.

NBC News first reported on the study, conducted by researchers at University of California, San Francisco, which indicated that pubic hair grooming injuries increased by almost 250 incidents each year between the period covering 2002 to 2010. They also reported that by the year 2010, there were over 2,500 incidents occurring each year.

Most of the injuries (83 percent) involved razors, and the most common injury type was lacerations (36 percent). And, researchers found that the injuries weren’t only — or even mostly – occurring in women. In fact, only about 57 percent of those reporting the injuries were women.  The data graph created for the study also indicated that women between 19 to 28 years of age were most at risk of pubic grooming injuries.

Why is it IMPORTANT?

And while it may be fashionable to shave, wax, or thread it all off “down there”, pubic hair does serve a purpose. According to urologist Des Moines, pubic hair provides a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.  So when pubic hair is removed, tiny little wounds result that can become breeding grounds for various types of bacteria.

Queries still roaming in your mind?

If you must have the hair removed, your urologist Des Moines advises that it’s best to have it done by a trusted professional.  If you have any questions regarding the best method for the removal of public hair – or are experiencing pain as the result of its removal – call our office today to schedule an appointment.