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Pubic hair removal: Are there benefits?

Updated: 3/15/2019

Answer

There's no medical or hygienic reason for removing some or all of your pubic hair. But the removal process can be painful and cause many side effects, including:

  • Genital itching, sometimes severe
  • Genital burns from waxing
  • Abrasions or cuts during shaving or waxing
  • Stubble, rash, bumps and ingrown hairs
  • Bacterial infections
  • Increased risk of contracting or transmitting viral infections, such as herpes simplex or HPV, due to cuts or skin irritation that make the skin more susceptible
  • Contact dermatitis from shaving products

If you're considering removing your pubic hair, ask your doctor for guidance to help minimize the side effects.


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