BLOG: Dear Ms. O (Mocha): To shave or not to shave?

By Mocha Uson

Posted at Nov 27 2011 12:11 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2011 01:36 AM

Editor's note: Mocha Uson is a performing artist who also gives advice on sex-related issues through her blogs. She used to have a monthly photo blog in Maxim Philippines.

Dear Ms. O (Mocha),

My BF likes it when I shave. But the problem is that sometimes it can be very itchy! Do girls really need to shave? Can you also give me some advice on how to prevent vaginal itchiness caused by shaving?

Thanks so much! I always follow all your posts on your blog to satisfy my BF! More power!


Dear Leila,

Shaved pubes can increase sensation and sexual pleasure. There are also healthy reasons to shave down there.

Shaving your pubic hair can decrease vaginal odor and yeast infection. The most common yeast infection in women is called candidiasis.

Fungi or yeasts are commonly found in the human body. They thrive in wet and moist areas. Under certain circumstances, they multiply and become infectious. You can get yeast infection by trapping moisture in the vaginal area.

Pubic hair traps perspiration and moisture, making it vulnerable to yeast and also bacterial infections.

Symptoms of candidiasis:

  • thick/clumpy, sometimes watery white discharge
  • itching or burning sensation of the vagina
  • pain during intercourse
  • painful urination
  • redness and swelling of the vulva

Shaving your pubic hair is one way to prevent yeast infections. Here are some tips when shaving:

  1. Use a razor with a movable head and double blades/strips for extra lubrication
  2. Cover the area with shaving cream, or use hair conditioner.
  3. Shave in the direction of the hair growth or side by side.
  4. Put a little baby powder after shaving to avoid bikini bumps (or in-grown hair).

Use the razor to shave the hair covering the mons pubis (or the soft area of fatty tissue over the pubic bone). Don’t use razor on the lips of the vagina to avoid cutting the skin. You can use blunt-tipped manicure scissors to trim that area.

I suggest that you don’t shave it all off. Leave some hair. As the hair starts to grow back, it can be itchy and uncomfortable.

You can also try bikini laser hair removal. Laser reduces or eliminates razor bumps and redness.

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