Can Brazilian Bikini Laser Hair Removal Cause Infertility?
Does It Affect Ovaries Or Sperm?

Hundreds of millions of women around the world have undergone laser hair reduction treatments without any reports of infertility. The lasers that are used for hair reduction does not produce harmful radiation and it never damage to DNA. The lasers emit wavelengths ranging from 800 to 1064 nanometers. The longer the wavelength, the deeper the laser energy penetrates. However, even at 1064 nanometers, the laser is only penetrating to a depth of approximately a millimeter into your skin and delivered to the hair follicles. It does not deliver energy deep enough to reach your internal organs and ovaries.

Laser used for hair reduction does nothing to interfere with erections for men. However, there is a risk of reducing sperm count if using laser directly on the scrotum and testis since the heat. Studies indicate a temporary reduction in sperm count and volume following a light-based hair removal treatment, then an eventual return to normal, not too dissimilar from the effects of sitting in a hot bath. It worth noting that the health of sperm is not studied yet. So, should not be taken lightly if you want to have a hair reduction treatment by laser on genitalia.

Can Brazilian Bikini Laser Hair Reduction Cause Infertility? Does It Affect Ovaries Or Sperm?

However, This past May in 2013 at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery's annual meeting, Dr. Gary S. Chuang, dermatologic surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, reported the preliminary results of a study he conducted that laser plumes emitted during the laser hair removal procedure contain "a cocktail of volatile organic compounds," at least 13 of which are known to be hazardous to human health.

Dr. Chuang and his colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, and Boston University subjected donor hair samples to a single pulse from a diode or Alexandrite laser, captured the plumes produced, and examined them with gas chromatography. They detected the presence of approximately 300 distinct chemical compounds, 40 of which occurred in higher concentrations and 13 of which have been shown to be harmful in human and animal studies.

The compounds included

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  • Benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene (commonly found in car exhaust, cigarette smoke, glue, paint, wax and detergents, and linked to leukemia and bone marrow abnormalities.
  • 2-Methylpyridine, which can cause headache and nausea.
  • Diethyl phthalate, used in cosmetics and fragrances, has been shown to cause birth defects in pregnant rats.
  • Trimethyl disulfide, which is primarily responsible for the foul odor from singed hair.
  • Various soap and perfume components of unknown toxicity.
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