In some countries, such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, it’s becoming more common for women to remove their pubic hair. There are many reasons for this, including fashion, feelings of femininity and cleanliness, and wanting to please a partner. Some men remove their pubic hair, too.
The usual methods for removing pubic hair include the following:
- Shaving. Women may trim their pubic hair first, then use shaving cream and a razor. Usually, they must repeat this process every few days.
- Depilatories. These over-the-counter products use chemicals to remove hair just below the skin. The effect may last for a couple of days.
- Waxing. Often done at a salon, waxing involves applying warm wax to the area, placing a cloth on top, then pulling the cloth off once the wax hardens. This procedure removes hair from the root and the hair does not grow back as quickly as with shaving. However, some women find this process painful.
- Laser hair removal. This procedure usually occurs over several appointments and involves aiming a laser beam at the pubic area. The beam destroys the hair follicle with heat. Women having laser hair removal must use protective eyewear throughout the procedure.
- Electrolysis. This method is usually the longest-lasting, but can take up to 25 sessions. With electrolysis, a needle-shaped electrode is inserted into each hair follicle and destroys the hair root with an electric current.
Each method of hair removal has its advantages and disadvantages. Women are advised to carefully consider their options and remove hair safely. Women who decide to shave should use new, clean tools and shaving cream or gel that is designed for pubic hair removal. Salons and clinics should be clean and reputable and practitioners should be experienced.