You Should Read This Before You Shave Your Private Parts

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Personal hygiene is one area where almost all of us prefer to go the extra mile, especially, when it comes to the maintenance and upkeep of our nether regions. Today, for a lot of women, this also means getting rid of the hair in their pubic region. But it wasn’t always so. In fact, a couple of decades back au naturel was the way to go.

What Is The Function Of The Pubic Hair?

Most of our organs and body features exist for a reason. As the human race evolved, the human body developed a number of features which would help it survive in the changing times. Body hair might seem redundant, but it evolved as a result of that. In fact, our body hair acts to regulate our body temperature, and facilitate evaporation of sweat (2). But what about pubic hair?

Even that serves a function. Pubic hair acts as a cushion for the skin around the nether regions and protects it from abrasions and cuts. Instead of being a hindrance in maintenance and upkeep of hygiene in the region, it protects the vaginal opening from dust and bacteria, by trapping it. It also helps in evaporation of the perspiration in that area (3). So, the fact remains that though you might think of it as a mild inconvenience, pubic hair does perform a very important function.

What Are The Cons Of Shaving It?

There are a lot of ways to remove pubic hair. There is waxing, electrolysis, laser removal, over-the-counter chemical depilatory creams, and shaving. While all these methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, women prefer to go the shaving route, because it’s inexpensive and can be done at one’s own convenience.

There is also the other school of thought which warns against doing so because they claim that shaving the hair down there causes it to become thicker and also makes the hair grow back quickly. This claim has no grounding in truth and at best, it is just a myth. However, there are other cons associated with shaving, and we would like to give you a heads up about them. Here they are:

How Can You Minimize The Discomfort?
Always use a lubricant or a shaving cream to prevent getting any nicks, also use a moisturizer afterward to minimize the irritation. You can also use an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream for this. However, be careful to not apply any of these products too close to the vaginal opening.
To further avoid irritating the area, avoid wearing skin-tight clothing or working out immediately afterwards. Your skin is more sensitive to chafing then.
You can treat the razor burn or the ingrown hair by using a washcloth to gently exfoliate the area while taking a shower. If you are experiencing these issues, wait for them to subside before shaving again. Meanwhile, you can trim the hair.

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