Is waxing your pubic hair bad?

In 2010, Debby Herbeneck, PhD, research scientist at Indiana University, published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine about the shaving or non shaving habits of women. According to her study, 67% of 18-24 year olds shaved some off pubic hair, 57% had shaved it all off at some point in the past month, 6% had waxed some off in the past month, and 6% had waxed it all of in the past month.

“Despite common myths that most young women go bare, we found a diversity of pubic hair styles among women,” she says. “It was generally more common than not for women to keep at least some hair. However, women’s total removal of their pubic hair was linked with younger age, sexual orientation (bisexual women were more likely to remove all of their pubic hair), having a sexual partner, having had cunnilingus in the past month and higher scores on female genital self-image and sexual function.”

Since I’m way beyond the age used in her study, I’ll just say that most of my girlfriends over 30 prefer to enlist the help of wax when it comes to their grooming needs.

The thought of getting a Brazilian or any form of waxing down there brings tears to my eyes. I get teary eyed just from getting my eyebrows threaded or tweezed, so I can’t imagine patches of hair being snatched off my cooch. But I also can’t imagine shaving any more, out of fear of ingrown hairs.  And in the summer time? Au naturale? No, that’s just not an option either.  For myself, I’m a fan of hair free legs, armpits and as little on love below as possible.  For the last few years, my best shower buddy has been Nair Brazilian Spa Clay. Sure it might smell a little like a fruity boiled egg, but there’s no pain or worries about any ingrown hairs. Wipe on, wipe off and I love it.

What I also find interesting is that a simple search about women’s depilatory habits will bring up thousands of articles on what men prefer. I’m not sure about you ladies, but my grooming choices have nothing to do with what a man likes, either when I’m single or when I’m in a relationship.


Clutchettes, what do you prefer? 

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  • This is an interesting topic.
    Ok so I shave but I asked my husband how he would feel if I didn’t. He said because I keep it clean and odor free he doesn’t care either way.
    I’m interested in seeing what others think about this topic

  • Di-ar

    “…my grooming choices have nothing to do with what a man likes, either when I’m single or when I’m in a relationship.”

    Yeah…..right. Just like most women get implants for “themselves”…not because they know men like larger breasts. Feminists just hate to admit any male influence.

    • Sorry that you’ve mistaken me for a ‘feminist’. Surely you don’t know every feminist in the world. If so, kudos to you at such an accomplishment.


    • Phillygurl

      Trying my hardest not to side eye a dude policing the comments on a post about this.

  • Phillygurl

    I shave, then trim the strip I leave. I’m grateful I’ve never had a problem with ingrown hairs. I see some are saying they use Nair, I would be consider doing this. Does it cause any type of irritation?

    • Phillygurl

      *I would consider doing this*

    • I’ve had several gf’s use it after I’ve recommended it, but so far no one’s complained about irritation. I did see someone on the Amazon reviews mention it though.


  • Not trying to say to much I have decided I am not making the effort to try to do anything to that area anymore shaving wise. I do feel that most not all women do it because of what a man may like. I mean a lot of women do things because men like it or dislike it.

  • Nakia

    I use nair and then trim…a lot. I do it always, whether in a relationship or not, because I like the way it looks and feels when groomed. When I am dating someone, I do alter my “style” a bit if they have a preference. If their prefernece is completely hairless, a compromise is required because i can’t get with the totally bald thing (thoough practically bald is good with me). As a general practice, I keep the majority of my body as hairless as possible year around. I use tend skin and sugar scrub to combat ingrowns.

    As a side note, I also enjoy and require a groomed man…hook that up while you’re hooking up your beard, bruh. There are benefits for him, as well.