Shave your pubic hair if you want, but not at these times

Updated on:27 November 2021, 18:12pm IST
If you decide to shave then stop. STOP shaving down there for these 6 times, as it's not safe.
Aayushi Gupta
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Shaving pubic hair is a personal decision. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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When it comes to getting rid of the pubic hair around the vagina, shaving is known as the go-to method for most individuals. But let’s be honest, your pubic hair is there for a reason. It protects you from infections and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that you must get rid of it. 

One benefit of shaving the vaginal area is that it allows your flesh to get cool air that can keep it glowing for an extended period. However, Dr Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics says, “It is not at all mandatory to remove pubic hair.” 

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Pubic hair, don’t care! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So is shaving vaginal hair a good idea or not?

Some girls tend to trim their pubic hair or visit a salon for a bikini wax, while some girls may leave their pubic hair alone. But Dr Kapoor says, “There are no such benefits of removing them. But, it’s completely on the person to keep them or remove them. Shaving vaginal hair can cause darkness in the area and even itching due to ingrown hair. Shaving can be risky and cause bleeding too, if not done correctly. Thus, shaving raises the risk of viral infections like herpes, HPV, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).”

Even though you might not think twice about when you should or should not pull out the razor, it is important to be aware of the times when you seriously should not shave your vagina. 

Here’s when you shouldn’t shave down there

Did you know that pubic hair tends to act as a natural barrier to both friction and infections. Well, that’s why they are there to protect. Now read when you shouldn’t shave your vagina according to Dr Kapoor. 

1. If there is an infection

Whether is a yeast infection, bacterial vaginitis, or something else, you must avoid shaving down there. Shaving can spread the infection. In fact, you need to notify your doctor about the same.

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Shaving at times of bacterial infections can cause itching and irritation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Don’t shave before a sexual activity

If you are planning to get physical with your partner, it is advisable to avoid shaving down there as pubic hair acts as a barrier. That friction after you shave can irritate the skin and lead to ingrown hair. Not only this, but you will also be prone to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Also, read: Do you still believe in these myths about pubic hair? We are here to debunk them

3. In the case of ingrown hair

It is a no-brainer that too much shaving can invite ingrown hair and even skin inflammation. Thus, there are higher chances of infections down there. It is a good idea to take a break from shaving for some time. Resume shaving only after speaking to an expert.

4. If you are on your periods

If you are one of them who wears a pad during periods, you would not want to shave down there. Newly shaved skin is prone to irritation, and constantly using the pad causes friction of the skin. So, there will be rashes, bumps and even one will feel pain down there. Try to wait till the periods get over.

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Periods are crazy, so drop the idea of shaving. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Before cycling

Working out is good for your overall well-being. To stay fit, many women opt for cycling. But, freshly shaved skin is exfoliated and sensitive and can become irritated when rubbing on a bike seat. So, avoid shaving down there before a bicycle ride.

Also, read: Bring back the bush: Follow these 5 tips to grow out your pubic hair

6. If the skin is flaky

If you are suffering from flaky skin, stop shaving and waxing down there and instead switch to trimming. Also, if you do not want to leave your private area burning, refrain from bleaching!

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Vaginal itching could be a symptom of vaginal dryness. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some rules of pubic hair grooming all women need to know:

Your vagina might be self cleaning but your pubic hair isn’t. To keep it clean:

  • Use a fresh razor each time to avoid infection. 
  • You need to lather up your pubic hair before shaving.
  • After shave or even before shave, do not use any products with fragrance.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing immediately after.

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