Fare-the-well Phthirus Pubis

Susan Anderson

by Susan Anderson | January 14, 2013 @ 12:00PM

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In the early 1990’s what would be one of the hottest beauty trends for years to come swept the nation and perhaps the world-the Brazilian wax. In the heart of New York, seven sisters from Vitoria, Brazil opened the J Sisters Salon and introduced the waxing technique where all but a thin strip of hair is removed. That fateful decision began the movement which is now credited with making pubic lice an endangered species in western cultures. More than 80 percent of US college students reportedly remove all or part of their pubic hair for comfort or hygiene reasons and with it the little sexually transmitted buggers have lost their grazing grounds.

Phthirus pubis and other lice species that inhabit the human body generally stick to specific regions of the body such as the scalp or pubic region. Pubic lice are drawn to the coarse hair that grows in the pubic and perianal areas. By removing the habitat, you remove the opportunity for contracting the parasite which is grateful news for the 2 to 10 percent of the human population that are infested.

While the Brazilian is one way to control the habitat, many at-home and do-it-yourself methods are also regularly available. Shaving, plucking and using depilatory products will all achieve the desired result of removing hair from your body, they (along with waxing) also cause skin trauma which can aide the spread of other sexually transmitted infections and possibility of ingrown hairs. Laser Hair Removal is a gentle, non-invasive technique that can be effective as well.

A second byproduct of the no-hair-down-there trend might be the growing trend of Vaginal Rejuvenation procedures including Labiaplasty. With the curtain drawn, so to speak, the lady parts are on display. While seen as one of the more off-the-wall cosmetic procedures, vaginal rejuvenation is a growing trend.

In conclusion, pubic lice, those crab-shaped insects that have lingered in human groins since the beginning of time, are disappearing and that’s a good thing.

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