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Shaving Pubic Hair

Published: January 16, 2001
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I want to shave my pubic hair off. I am only 13, how should I shave it off. What can you suggest? Also do you think my boyfriend will like it?. Is it worth it?
Signed: Shaving Pubic Hair

Dear Shaving Pubic Hair,

 

TeenHealthFX wants you to know that whether you shave your pubic hair or not is entirely a personal decision. In no way do women have to shave their pubic hair. Some women choose to shave for cosmetic reasons - others may shave because it's their preference when being physically intimate with their significant other. Be aware that there are other methods such as waxing. If you have any uncertainties about whether or not shaving is for you, or the best way to go about it - consider speaking about it with a parent or with your doctor.

 

Basic Steps Of Shaving:

  1. If you have long pubic hairs, trim with clippers or scissors.
  2. Take a long warm bath before shaving.
  3. Before applying shaving cream, rinse with cool water.
  4. Apply shaving cream for a few minutes before shaving to soften hairs.
  5. Be sure to use a sharp blade. Try using two blades if you are shaving a large area.
  6. When shaving, stroke an area no more then twice in order to reduce skin irritation.
  7. Be sure to clean the area afterwards with soap and water to reduce the risk of infection. It would be helpful to clean the area a second time using cotton balls and rubbing alcohol.
  8. Some people find it helpful to apply baby powder or talcum powder on a daily basis to keep the area dry and irritation free.
  9. Practice clean hygiene after shaving by washing the area once a day to reduce sweat and oil build up.
  10. Go as long as possible between shavings to reduce skin irritations.

A Few Things to Consider:

  • People who are allergic or react to some shaving creams will have a heightened reaction to shaving this area. Consider not shaving at all.
  • People with sensitive skin may want to avoid shaving for the same reason. If you chose to shave, consider shaving cream for sensitive skin and use hypoallergenic moisturizer afterwards.
  • Consider closely trimming your hair instead. It provides many of the benefits of shaving without the risk
  • Letting the hair grow out after shaving can be extremely uncomfortable. Chaffing is nearly unavoidable. This is especially problematic if you walk, run or exercise on a regular basis

In closing, since you commented on whether ot not your boyfriend would like it, FX would like to you to really consider how sexually involved you want to become with your boyfriend at this point in time. Thirteen is a very young age to be sexually active in terms of emotional and physical development. FX recommends that you not shave just to please someone else - but also recommends that at thirteen you take your time in your physical relationship - there's no need to rush things!

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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