Beware! Bikini waxing can lead to STIs

By Tania Tarafdar | Updated:Wed, July 26, 2017 9:57am

Should you have sex after waxing? Read to find out.

Whether you go for a monthly bikini wax or an occasional Brazilian wax, waxing can increase the chances of contraction certain sexually transmitted infections. A study published in the British Medical Journal cited that waxing can lead to microscopic tears in the skin through which the viruses can later squeeze in [1].

If you have ever been on the waxing bed for a bikini wax, you will know that waxing can lead to redness, peeling, inflammation, and even occasional bleeding. So scientists concluded that waxing is a safe hair removing method unless it causes any tiny tear which in turn can potentially lead to an infection. STIs like HPV and herpes simplex virus have the strongest link with waxing as these viruses are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. These viruses don t rely on bodily fluids to lead to an infection.

Should you avoid waxing all together?

You do not need to break up with bikini waxing necessarily. Small tears on the skin whether caused by waxing, shaving or even sex could make the transmission of the virus easier. So the best way to ensure that you do not become vulnerable to infection is not to have sex if your skin is irritated with the wax. Wait at least for two days after waxing before you get intimate with your partner. According to dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah two days should be enough for a skin tear to heal but if you still notice bleeding or redness wait for the area to heal. These tips will help soothe irritated skin after waxing.

Should you wax if you already have an STI?

And if you are already suffering from an STI, avoid waxing and irritating your already flared up skin. If there is a herpes lesion popping out, hair removal can irritate it and make it spread throughout your skin. Here are top five methods to get rid of unwanted hair from the bikini area.

Reference:

[1] Osterberg EC, Gaither TW, Awad MA, et correlation between pubic hair grooming and STIs: results from a nationally representative probability sample Sex Transm Infect Published Online First: 05 December 2016. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2016-052687 .

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Published:Fri, July 21, 2017 5:17pm | Updated:Wed, July 26, 2017 9:57am

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