Multi-Gyn IntiSkin could save you from a close shave with STIs but not from the effects of porn

multi-gyn intiskinThe increased incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among people who remove their pubic hair, which was reported by the BBC yesterday, may be just one of the negative effects of porn.

Sexual injuries may also be a problem created by the increased availability of porn, says Dr Karen Gardiner, Managing Director of Purple Orchid, the women’s self-care company.

A study led by doctors at the University of California, San Fransico1, said that there was an 80% higher incidence of STIs among regular groomers. The two most likely explanations for the link between grooming and STIs were micro-cuts in the skin and groomers being more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour with more sexual partners.

Dr Gardiner said: “If it was just a case of dealing with skin issues caused by shaving, we have a product to help, called Multi-Gyn IntiSkin. But IntiSkin won’t address the root cause, which we believe is porn. And porn has a lot more to answer for.

“The increase in the practice of shaving pubic hair is a topic that comes up time and again when we speak to healthcare professionals in hospitals or at conferences. They rarely see a woman under the age of 30 who has any pubic hair and that definitely hasn’t always been the case.

“This latest study linking grooming to STIs doesn’t prove any cause or effect but it is suggested that those who groom frequently are more likely to be sexually active. We believe the more sinister aspect of grooming is that it is driven by the relentless flow of porn to teenagers and children via their online devices, and the expectations that this is producing.

“Nurses tell us, for instance, that they are seeing a greater incidence of women with faecal incontinence because of irreparable damage after anal sex. That is a terribly distressing result of sexual behaviour and it’s not the only outcome with negative lifetime consequences – for instance, the increased incidence of chlamydia is a significant factor in fertility problems for both men and women.

“Our concern is that young women are either under pressure from boyfriends to agree to sexual practices which have always been in the margins but are now being normalised by porn, or that they too now are influenced by the prevalence of this material and how sex is presented in it. A woman who has no pubic hair at all looks like a child, and it is disturbing that this is becoming the norm, it is tantamount to normalising paedophilia.

“We would like to see this debate widened and more studies undertaken about the relationship between porn and sexual injuries so that people can see the other side of the story, not just the insidious brainwashing which flows into their phones. Knowledge is power and understanding the bigger picture will encourage people to make good choices about sexual practice.”

Multi-Gyn IntiSkin gives immediate relief to irritations on the intimate skin caused by lifestyle factors such as shaving, use of sanitary pads, sweat from sport, continence problems and so on. It creates a microfilm over the skin and contains 2QR-complex, a crosspolymer derived from aloe vera which helps prevent harmful bacteria from adhering to the skin surface, so it may even protect from some STIs. IntiSkin comes in a hand-bag sized can which can be sprayed at any angle thanks to an innovative nozzle which delivers an equal droplet size mist.

2QR-complex is also in Multi-Gyn ActiGel, which has been clinically proven to be as effective as antibiotics in the treatment and prevention of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)2. Multi-Gyn FloraPlus is an effective treatment for thrush. See www.multi-gyn.co.uk for the full health and hygiene range.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Contact Kay Cox or Lana Orton in Purple Orchid’s Communications department
0844 415 2420

Kay.cox@purpleorchidpharma.com
+44 (0) 7770 412 505

Lana.orton@purpleorchidpharma.com
+44 (0) 7582 458 535
www.purpleorchidpharma.com

 

REFERENCES:

1 Osterberg EC, Gaither TW, Awad MA, et al. Correlation between pubic hair grooming and STIs: results from a nationally representative probability sample. Sexually Transmitted Infections. Published online December 5 2016

2 Bojovic T et al. First line treatment and relief of Bacterial Vaginosis. European Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2012; Vol 7, Issue 2.

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