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All Of A Sudden I Find I’m A Peace Activist!

19 August 2012 @ 20:15

From Dr. Emily Gibson, we learn [tip of the fedora to Kristie Lau of The London Daily (Unshaved) Mail][emphasis mine]:

I must have missed the declaration of war on pubic hair.  [BOB: Not me — I’ve been in the thick of it for many years!]

It must have happened sometime in the last decade because the amount of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing every hair from their genitals is astronomical. The genital hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their specialty services to those seeking the “clean and bare” look, is exponentially growing.

It is a sadly misconceived war. Long ago surgeons figured out that shaving a body part prior to surgery actually increased rather than decreased surgical site infections. No matter what expensive and complex weapons are used—razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis—hair, like crab grass, always grows back and eventually wins. In the mean time, the skin suffers the effects of the scorched battlefield.

Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind [BOB: Especially on the behind], leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals [BOB: You’re making me hot, Doc!], it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals. [BOB: YIKES!]

Additionally, I’ve seen cellulitis (soft tissue bacterial infection without abscess) of the scrotum, labia and penis [BOB: OWWW-UCH!] from spread of bacteria from shaving or from sexual contact with strep or staph bacteria from a partner’s skin.

Some clinicians are finding that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to virus carried by mouth or genitals. It follows that there may be vulnerability to spread of other STIs as well.

Pubic hair does have a purpose, providing 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.

Indeed! I have long advocated free-range PH — especially for women as it suits [‘her-suits’?] them well.  And any doctor who says it’s okay for a patient to shave their public hair is bush league in my book.

SPECIAL NOTE:
This posting has been endorsed by
Dr. Clyde ‘Fingers’ Proctor OB-SCT [Scatologist],
Chief of Vaginology, The Lord Fatheringay Von Whoopsie Memorial Hospital and Tiki Bar

10 Comments
  1. 19 August 2012 @ 20:30 20:30

    I know one thing…I’m glad they shaved my chest before putting that big ass electrode on it to shock my heart the other day. I had a heart arrhythmia and ended up in the ER, plus a two day stay in the hospital. Pulling all the little electrodes they used for the ECG off after I got home was very painful where they stuck them right over the hair.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      19 August 2012 @ 22:13 22:13

      Sounds serious are you OK?

  2. 20 August 2012 @ 08:10 08:10

    Oh yeah…I’m fine as frog hair now. Heart’s back in rhythm…got another prescription to add to the plethora of pills I’m already taking. I was supposed to see my Liver doctor that morning, but didn’t make it. ;(

    I did, however, find out that my last lab work showed the Hep C virus had completely disappeared from my blood. So that’s good news.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      20 August 2012 @ 08:35 08:35

      Damn good to hear, Mike. If there’s anything I can do.

      Damn tough getting old. I’m on eight meds at age 50 – who da thunk it, certainly not me.

      • 20 August 2012 @ 08:41 08:41

        Getting old aint for sissies Bob, that’s for sure.

        I’m hoping that with the good news that just maybe I’ll only have to do the 24 week treatment option instead of the 48 week. I’m also hoping to drop the pill with the worst side effects soon. Evidently, as good as the pill works, the virus builds an immunity to it after a certain time period.

  3. 20 August 2012 @ 09:08 09:08

    “…eight meds at age 50” Welcome to the years where pill count comparisons give one bragging rights 😉

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      20 August 2012 @ 09:18 09:18

      Absolutely! You should hear the conversations I have with my two cousins who are right around my age.

  4. 24 August 2012 @ 18:21 18:21

    Reblogged this on The mind is an unexplored country. and commented:
    Bob Belvedere gets right to the roots of the matter.

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