Body hair has always been a taboo subject for men and women, but especially for women. While different people think of body hair differently, there is a particular interest in pubic hair. Opinions are divided on what to do with them, whether to shave them every few days, epilate them once in a while or do nothing.
Obstetrician, gynecologist, fertility specialist and laparoscopic surgeon Dr Apoorva Pallam Reddy says it was not until Egyptian times that different methods of hair removal emerged. Until then, body hair – especially pubic hair – was considered normal and even desirable in some cultures.
“The physiological benefits of pubic hair have been to reduce friction during sex, thereby protecting the sensitive skin around them. Medically, there is no benefit to pubic hair removal, ”she says.
While hair removal is a personal choice, what are the best and worst options? Here is what the doctor said:
* Avoid depilatory creams: Even the best hair removal creams contain powerful chemicals in a concoction that plucks hair from the roots and may be too harsh on your sensitive pubic area. Classic depilatory creams are exclusive for the body and legs, and should never be used on pubic hair, due to a high risk of allergies and itching. Frequent use of these creams or leaving the cream on for longer can cause rashes, vaginal discharge, and sometimes even chemical burns.
* Shaving or mowing: These are great options for hair removal. Try to postpone waxing or cutting after your period. Doing this right before your period will increase your risk of infection, especially if you use sanitary napkins, as they trap moisture and reduce ventilation of the vulva. Using a mild antiseptic or toner for a few days after shaving is a great idea to reduce the chance of infection or redness.
* Bikini wax: The idea of bikini waxing has been around for some time now. It is important to choose a hygienic salon with disposable sheets. Use a similar brand of wax and avoid trying too many flavors or doing it in different places to reduce the risk of infection.
* Laser hair removal: It has been shown to be safe and effective with long lasting benefits over other temporary hair removal counterparts. Contrary to popular belief, laser hair removal does not affect a woman’s fertility.
“It is advisable to avoid intercourse for at least one or two days after waxing using any of these techniques above, as friction during intercourse can eventually lead to pain, pain and soreness. discomfort, “warns Dr. Reddy.