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Au Naturel’, ‘Brazilian’, and anything in between.

It’s totally up to you on how you choose to style or groom your pubic hair (pubes).

How do you remove pubic hair?

  • Shaving (the most commonly used method)
  • Cream
  • Hot Wax
  • Laser
  • Electrolysis

What method is right for you?

Deciding what method is right for you is based on how much money, pain, time, and effort you’re prepared to give. Just remember, your pubes will grow back – faster for some methods than others!

Do I have to remove my pubic hair?

No, it’s a personal choice. If you do remove some or all of your pubic hair, professionally or at home, you should know that it’s NOT something you have to do for cleanliness or health benefits.

Common hair removal conditions:

Hair removal techniques may cause microscopic damage to each hair follicle making it easier for bacteria and viruses to get under the skin, causing the following conditions:

  • Genital soreness, itching and rash
  • Razor cuts or burns
  • Pimples and ingrown hairs
  • Painful boils and abscesses that can cause scarring
  • Small cuts and inflammation due to shaving or waxing plus the loss of hair as a barrier itself, may make you more susceptible to STIs transmitted by skin to skin contact, such as herpes and genital warts.

Best hygiene practices when removing hair:

  • Before using any “landscaping” method, trim pubes short using clean sharp scissors and pre-wash area with an antibacterial shower gel
  • Shaving – use a clean sharp safety razor (preferably new), shaving gel or foam, and shave in the direction the pubic hair grows. And don’t share razors.
  • Moisturise the shaved or waxed area with aloe vera or sorbolene cream (avoid fragrant creams)
  • If using hair removal creams, try a patch first to check for allergies, and read and follow the instructions carefully
  • Avoid sexual contact immediately after hair removal

What to do if you get a post hair removal condition?

It’s quite common to get genital cuts, redness, itchiness, rash, swelling, or red bumps immediately after any type of hair removal. Applying cold packs and aloe vera or sorbolene cream may help relieve some of the swelling and redness.

Itchiness is often caused by pubic hair growing back or a reaction to something used during hair removal. It may be necessary to get a cream from the pharmacy to relieve these symptoms. Do not continue to shave affected area until its better, and don’t use fragrant soaps as these might irritate the skin and make the condition worse.

If symptoms don’t settle down after a couple of days or you notice the symptoms worsening, spreading, or developing into red painful spots, lumps, or blisters it’s important to see your GP.

Or you can ring 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential and free if you call from a landline.