Here's One Really Good Reason to Skip That Bikini Wax

BikiniCan't find the time for that bikini wax?

Well, maybe it's a good thing.

Doctors warn that shaving or waxing the bikini area can lead to a virus called Molluscum contagiosum -- and you won't believe what the virus leaves in its wake.

Doctors are seeing an "explosion" in the number of cases of the virus, which causes water warts -- small pink bubbles that can break out all over your body.

Do you feel the immediate need now to cancel that Brazilian appointment? Go ahead and do it. I'll wait.

Back now? Okay, good. Let's continue.

This virus can also be transmitted sexually. The water warts tend to spread over the victim's abdomen and/or thighs. (Is victim the right word? Because I just feel like these poor people are victims.) I really feel for the poor people who've come down with this virus, because you know many of them got their bikini line waxed specifically so they could either wear a bathing suit in public or so that they could feel groomed in front of a special someone. Well, nothing ruins both of those scenarios like a whole bunch of WARTS, right?

If that's not enough to make you think twice about waxing your pubes, Jezebel cites a study that shows pubic hair grooming-related emergency room visits are on the rise.

I'd hate for any of you to end up in the emergency room because of a pubic hair grooming incident.

What's the answer? Going au naturel, I guess, although I realize that most of you are against it. At least if you notice small pink bubbles "down there" after your next Brazilian, you'll know what it is.

You're welcome!

Does this virus make you think twice about getting a bikini wax?


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amiec... amiecanflie

WHile I don't wax, I always try to shave and keep all my body hair in check. This isn't gonna stp me at all. Isn't it basic common sense? Just keep it clean and have safe sexy times. 

Bloom... Bloomie79

They analyzed 30 infected people during that year and found that 93% had their pubic hair removed — 70% were shaven, 13% clipped their hair, while 10% waxed.

Google then write, this is not a salon problem.

Shandi80 Shandi80

To the poster above: I don't see where the author said it was a salon problem. You can get this virus from sharing towels with someone, and without hair as protective guard, skin is more suscepcitble to catching it.

Shandi80 Shandi80


amomm... amommy2jack

I always suspected that removing pubic hair could be dangerous.  I trim with a clipper to keep it in check, but do not do anything to break the skin.

Angie... AngieHayes

I don't know about all that, but I love that bikini bottem!

Suzanne Brunner

This is a virus.  Anyone can get it from contact with it on another person or object.  It is most often found in children under 10 and has nothing at all to do with grooming of the nether-regions.  Whoever wrote the original article is trying to make something out of nothing.

nonmember avatar Jackie

So it safe to say that waxing is the safest way to go since they had the least amount of cases.. Also I wonder how many people have children in a daycare because that virus runs rampant in about 95% of day cares... seen usually in adults and often sexually transmitted. This common viral disease has a higher incidence in children, sexually active adults, and those who are immunodeficient, and the infection is most common in children aged one to ten years old

nonmember avatar Tiredofitall

Oh lord really? I have been shaving and waxing for 16 years. Whom ever wrote this contracted this "virus" and is trying to place blame elsewhere. Just like with everything else, you need to exercise caution and care. These people need to stop writing scare pages to get attention.

Kristi Kreuzer

Most of the time I take articles written on CafeMom with a grain of salt reminding myself that most of it is opinion. However, this time I felt compelled to share that this article has almost no truth to it.

Molluscum contagiosum (mo-LUS-kum kun-tay-jee-OH-sum) is a relatively common viral infection of the skin that results in round, firm, painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. If the bumps are scratched or injured, the infection can spread to surrounding skin.

Though most common in children, molluscum contagiosum can affect adults as well — particularly those with weakened immune systems. In adults, molluscum contagiosum involving the genitals is considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Molluscum contagiosum spreads through direct person-to-person contact and through contact with contaminated objects. The bumps associated with molluscum contagiosum usually disappear within a year without treatment but doctor-assisted removal is also an option.

The only way that this VIRUS can spread through shaving and waxing is if the razor they used was contaminated or the cosmetologist doing the waxing did not properly wash her hands or use clean materials.

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