Many women nowadays tend to eliminate the hair from the intimate zone completely. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, found out that 87% of the interviewed women remove the unwanted hair by waxing and 90% shave their pubic hair.

However, the study also reveals that the removal of the hair from the private parts can have many side effects.

The Women Who Shave or Wax Their Pubic Hair Are More Prone to Infections

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According to Andrea De Maria, the author of the study, the majority of women who practice hair removal are more prone to various infections.

The skin in the genital area is extremely sensitive, which makes it susceptible to wounds and cuts. The intimate area is full of sweat glands which allow it to be an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria.

Shaving or waxing the pubic hair has many side effects, such as abrasions, unsightly razor burns, itching, and ingrown hairs.

While these side effects don’t seem very threatening, they increase the risk of STI’s, including HPV and herpes.

De Maria advises that the best way of removing the undesired hair is to use a sterilized electric razor. Also, you should make sure that the blade is always fresh.

Afterward, you should gently pat yourself dry with a clean towel in order to protect the area from irritation. In case you notice anything unusual after the treatment, you should immediately visit your doctor.