How Shaving “Down There” Could Be a Threat To Your Health

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By: Krystle Crossman

When it comes to personal grooming “down there” 87% of women stated that they removed some or all of their hair. 90% of those women stated that they used razors as opposed to waxing. Waxing is extremely painful and something that most women will avoid at all costs. The problem is that shaving pub!c hair with a razor can cause health issues which many women are not aware of.

When you shave with a razor in very sensitive areas you have the potential to be left with small cuts and abrasions. This often doesn’t happen on your underarms or legs when shaving with cream and a razor as the skin is not as sensitive than the gen!tal area. When the razor gets caught on the skin it creates small tears. On your legs a small cut is not normally too much of an issue as you can see the cut and take care of it easily. When shaving “down there” you will not be able to see the cuts and may not be able to take care of them effectively. That is also a warm and moist place which is a host for bacteria. That bacteria can get into the cuts and enter the bloodstream.

Women may not realize that they have these cuts and so they will not have them protected as they should. These cuts can transmit bacterial infections, viruses, and also STDs. This can make you very sick if you are not careful. Physician Emily Gibson has tips to minimize and infection when shaving the pub!c area:

– Always use a new razor. Dull razors can be very damaging to the sensitive skin. Use warm water and an unscented soap and make sure that you shave with the grain of the hair growth.

– Trim the hair with an electric razor before you shave with a regular blade. This will lessen the work that the regular razor has to do.

– When you are drying yourself off make sure that you pat and not rub. This way you minimize the amount of tearing.

– Make sure that you let the area breathe for a while. Wear breathable cotton underwear to minimize the amount of moisture and bacteria that could accumulate.

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