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Although it’s common for women (and men) to remove some or all their pubic hair, whatever you choose – including leaving everything alone – is entirely your decision.

Yes, pubic hair does have a purpose (mainly to help protect the groin area from infection) but doing what you want with your pubes isn’t going to affect your health. It just means a bit more time spent on maintenance.

Anything from a tidy-up to total removal requires a shave, depilatory cream or wax. A more expensive option with a longer-term effect is laser treatment. Most women usually try a few techniques out before they settle on what works best for them, though.

V-Care™ after hair removal

You might find your skin is sensitive after shaving or using hair-removal cream, so try to avoid wearing trousers that are too tight, as any friction on this area will make it more irritated or sore. Usually skin calms down within a couple of days, but if you find it doesn’t, make sure the razor, cream or shaving foam you use agrees with your skin type.   

Waxing is popular because it’s quick and gives a smooth finish that can last for weeks. It may, however, cause ingrown hairs. Don’t worry, though. A little gentle exfoliation in the shower will help to prevent these. If you prefer shaving, always go easy around your hard-to-reach bits and be sure to watch out for nicks or cuts. Even the smallest skin tear can put you, or a sexual partner, more at risk of STIs.

From time to time you might find you get a little sweaty down there. Some people like to trim their pubic hair occasionally, but a quick wash or shower will keep you feeling comfortable, especially after exercise or sex.

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