To shave or not to shave down there?
figure By THE NEW YORK TIMES Q: I've heard a number of conflicting things on this topic is removing or waxing all pubic hair entirely from the vagina healthy, unhealthy, or something in between? class="MsoNormal Marie class="MsoNormalShort take class="MsoNormalRemoving pubic hair is a cosmetic choice that may have health consequences for some women. class="MsoNormalTell me more class="MsoNormalBefore we get started we need to get one fact straight pubic hair is on your vulva (the outside, where your clothes touch your skin) not your vagina, which is internal or at the vaginal opening (think of the places you touch when reaching inside for a rogue tampon).
class="MsoNormalPubic hair serves several biological purposes. It is a physical barrier protecting the skin it traps discharge, dirt and debris it also traps moisture, helping the vulvar skin maintain a higher moisture content relative to skin elsewhere on your body.
As each pubic hair is attached to a nerve, tugging during sex may also increase sexual stimulation. Pubic hair may also have a role in dispersal of normal odours.
class="MsoNormalPubic hair removal is common approximately 80 percent of women ages 18 to 65 report they remove some or all of their pubic hair. class="MsoNormalPubic hair removal is associated with medical risks in one study, 27 percent of women who reported removing their pubic hair had suffered an injury at some point and 2.
5 percent reported needing surgical intervention (think draining an abscess or stitches). Infections related to pubic hair removal can be very serious.
class="MsoNormalThere is also emerging data that links pubic hair removal with an increased risk of some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as herpes and the human papillomavirus (HPV). The microtrauma of hair removal may facilitate transmission or change the environment of the area in other ways that facilitate infection.
class="MsoNormalWhat should I do? class="MsoNormalTrends regarding pubic hair removal wax and wane (sorry about the pun), much like eyebrow shape. Removing pubic hair is not right or wrong, it is a cosmetic choice that has medical risks.
Adults make decisions about their bodies every day ideally those decisions are informed and reached after you have balanced your personal risk-benefit ratio. class="MsoNormalWhatever you decide is right for your body, please do not remove your pubic hair for a visit to the gynaecologist.
It is not necessary and we would not want you to incur any risk of injury or infection on our behalf.