Sunday 18 February 2018

Wax on: How the Brazilian is making pubic lice extinct

Hair removal means that crabs are becoming homeless
Hair removal means that crabs are becoming homeless

They’re expensive, they’re annoying to maintain and they’re certainly not a pain free experience.

But it would seem that Brazilian bikini waxes have had one unanticipated health benefit because they’re making pubic lice, also known as crabs, an endangered species.

The trend towards extreme personal grooming has enjoyed a surge in popularity with men as well in recent years and Bloomberg News reports that one sexual health clinic in Sydney, Australia, has not seen a single case of a woman with pubic lice in more than four years, while male rates have fallen by 80 per cent.

The head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales’s Kirby Institute, Basil Donovan, said: “It used to be extremely common; it’s now rarely seen. Without doubt it’s better grooming.”

Public lice are transmitted through sex, as well as through the clothes, toilet sheets and bedding of an infected person. While they don’t cause a disease and the condition is treatable, they can cause inching and rashes.

Removal of the pubic hair leaves them nowhere to live and the Brazilian wax, which involves the removal of most of the pubic hair, certainly leaves them homeless

The Brazilian wax first found popularity since 1987 when it was introduced in the New York salon, The J. Sisters International. Since then it has become a hugely popular procedure all over the world, including Ireland.

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