• Shave or Wax Your Pubic Area?

August 21, 2019

This topic always elicits fierce debates:  Should I or shouldn’t I shave or wax my pubic hair?

Many factors can influence a woman’s decision to shave or wax her vulvar area including personal preference, beauty trends and age. 

An internet-based survey by Indiana University found that 40% of women under 40 have completely removed their hair and that younger women are more likely to trim, partly shave or completely remove pubic hair with their likeliness decreasing as they age.

We’ve been riding a beauty wave that has dictated the removal or partial removal of pubic hair for some time now.  This trend is more aesthetic-based, but from a medical standpoint that it might not be the best option.  

Here are some reason's you might want to reconsider pubic hair removal:

  • Pubic hair is there for a reason.  Pubic hair is a natural barrier to help keep the pubic area clean, to decrease contact with viruses and bacteria, and to protect the tender skin of the area from chaffing. In addition, pubic hair actually plays a key role in allowing sweat to properly evaporate which is ideal for regulating moisture and temperature.
  • Shaving & waxing can cause irritation. Removing pubic hair by waxing or shaving can greatly inflame and irritate hair follicles, leaving open wounds and micro cuts that cannot be seen by the naked eye.  These little cuts can lead to bacterial infections and scarring due to irritation and itching. Pubic Hair locks in your own pheromone odor to attract a partner. Sweat glands in the pubic area secrete pheromones that help trigger and stimulate your partner’s sexual desires for you. 
  • Less risk for STIs. Some studies have shown that total removal of pubic hair presents an increased risk of STIs, or sexually transmitted infections.  One study that appeared in the BMI Journal showed a correlation between pubic hair grooming and STIs.  The study defined pubic hair grooming as total hair removal more than 11 times per year.  The study concluded that among a representative sample of US residents, pubic hair grooming was positively related to self-reported STI history.

For women who choose to keep their pubic hair but want to keep things tidy, I recommend carefully trimming it with small scissors to prevent overgrowth.  Make sure you aren’t in a rush when doing so, and please be sure to keep the scissors away from delicate genitalia.

-Dr. Jessica

 


Dr. Jessica Ybanez Morano Dr. Jessica Ybanez Morano is a leading doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and expert in women’s reproductive health issues.

Dr. Jessica is internationally recognized and speaks regularly about gynecological single incision surgery at conferences throughout the world.




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