Shave 'Down There' With Caution: Pubic Hair Razor Accidents on the Rise

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Be careful, all of you love birds that are thinking about doing something a little extra special down there for your soul mate this Valentine’s Day -- statistics show that pubic hair grooming injuries are on the rise. An estimated 2,500 people a year show up at ERs with injuries serious enough to require professional medical attention.

Researchers say that’s probably a vast underreporting of the countless mishaps that people keep to themselves. Let’s face it -- that’s got to be a lot of people, since taking extra care with the hair down there has become a cultural norm in recent years. Surveys show that almost 90 percent of young women in the U.S. partially or fully remove the stuff, and up to 78 percent of men do it too -- regardless of sexual orientation.

Phew! That’s a lot of busy beavers! Hehe -- beavers. Ok, I’ll stop now.

Shaving with razors was by far the biggest culprit, accounting for 83 percent of the injuries sustained. Damage from scissors came next with nearly 22 percent of the blame, and hot wax was behind with 1.4 percent of the reported injuries.

This doesn’t have to be the end of the road for the ‘bald is beautiful’ crowd -- with a little bit of TLC, a sharp blade, and a steady hand, you can manage this personal grooming in the privacy of your own home.

First, trim excess hair with manicure scissors, or your husband’s electric beard trimmer. Remember to maybe mention this to your husband before you decide to write a step-by-step on the Internet.

Then take a hot shower or bath, or push a warm, wet washcloth to the area for several minutes. The goal is to swell the hairs so the razor can catch them more easily. I think. That sounds right, but the key thing here is that it works.

Now lather up some shave gel or lotion, grab your new (i.e., sharp) razor, and get to work! You can sit on the floor with your legs open, or put a leg up in the shower. However you feel comfortable gaining access to the places you need to go, do it. Take off as much or as little hair as you like; it’s a personal decision.

Pull your skin taunt with your non-shaving hand to make things easier, and don’t forget to go slow. Your non-nicked nether regions will thank you later. Rinse your razor often, and add more gel or lotion if you feel like you’re not gliding. When you are done, make sure you rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a towel. Use an after-shave gel formulated for the bikini area, or plain old aloe vera to ward off razor burn and bumps.

There you go! If you find you like the look, you might want to consider seeing a licensed esthetician for waxing (please don’t even try doing this at home -- hot wax, private parts, and amateurs do not mix). You could also look into laser hair removal or electrolysis for more permanent solutions.

Have some fun this Valentine’s Day, ladies, and don’t forget to shave safe.

How much extra care do you take down there? Do you have a favorite method of hair removal?

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purpl... purpleflower514

I will admit that I am impressed, you are the last writter I would have expected this article from. I saw the title and figured you were going to bash the practice.

I love have everying "down below" bare. The hair can get tangled in my panties and that really hurts. Also my husband and I both love how it feels during sex. Also it seems cleaner.

the4m... the4mutts

I always loved being bare, and Ive actually NEVER had pubic hair, since I started shaving at 13. But I gave myself a challenge to start treating my body more naturally about 6months ago.

Now? I shave my bikini line, and just trim the rest. I will NEVER shave again!! I absolutely love the changes that occured simply from growing out my hair down there.

Not saying its for everyone, but for me, its perfect.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I'm actually surprised that people are having serious enough injuries to warrant a trip to the ER or dr.

Good lord people- what ARE you doing down there? O.o

CPN322 CPN322

^^ I was thinking the same thing! I've been shaving it all for as long as I can remember because I really hate hair anywhere but my head(I'm Italian and have very dark hair everywhere, not a fan of it on my arms but I just can't shave them).

CPN322 CPN322

Oh and I've never cut myself down there or anything. I'm really surprised that so many people have had problems. I wonder if they are taking about getting ingrown hairs and having them become infected.

mande... manderspanders

Outside of cleaning up the bikini line and trimming things to keep the length down, I'll never in a million years understand why women do more than that... that's all it needs, that's all I'll ever do.  Between the extreme itchiness and ingrown hairs (regardless of near constant upkeep), shaving it bare is just crazy and isn't worth the hassle.

nonmember avatar Samantha

This is an odd topic to talk about with strangers. Lol. I shave, but im horrible about upkeep. Lol. I started when i first started having my periods, bc using pads & thick hair.. Not a good mix. I was apparently a stupid kid bc i didnt want to have a razor down there so i tried nair... Lots of screaming & attacking the bath tub occured. Never try it. Lol. Anyways, ive shaved since i was 11 going on 12, and i dont plan to stop. Though i did find that if i dont use shaving cream, i dont cut myself. Ingrown hairs are a pain in the ass, but it doesnt happen often enough to make me want to stop. I just feel cleaner. (though i decided on tampons shortly after i started bc i loved swimming & hated giving it up for an entire WEEK & A HALF every month) plus, the sex is definately better.

wamom223 wamom223

If you do get an ingrown hair whether on your legs, bikini line or the worst under arms the best way to treat it is Hydrocortisone cream.  The Walgreen's knock off is pretty good and as someone that went to school for this I am impressed by Jenny's directions as they were all right on.  People get hurt because they are using a dull blade or not using a mirror and cutting themselves, or that's what I heard anyway.  

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Waxing lasts longer, and laser is more long term... AND NO RAZOR BUMPS!

HollyJD HollyJD

I knew this chick in college would trim her pubes in the school shower, you'd hear snip, snip, snip thing you know, the drain is clogged..Gross! Who's she shaving for anyway, some loser punk college kid? Waste of time. Maintenance, yes. Shave it all, no.

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