Removing pubic hair is a personal decision. Women can be sexually healthy whether they have pubic hair or not.
However, the methods of removal can lead to some health problems:
- Burns. Women may have razor burns from shaving, chemical burns from depilatories, or burns from using hot wax during waxing
- Allergies. Women can be allergic to the depilatories, creams, and other products they use.
- Cuts. Sometimes, cuts can hardly be seen.
- Infections. Women can develop bacterial infections from unclean equipment. They may also develop folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicle. Other infections, such as “strep” and “staph” infections and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) like genital herpes, are also possible because they can be transmitted from a partner’s skin.
Other possible problems are blisters, pimples, redness and itching.
Women should make sure their hair removal methods are safe. If they experience any problems, they should see a doctor as soon as possible.