Shaving and STIs: How to Minimize Risk of STI Transmission


Do you wax, shave or trim your pubic hair? Even if you prefer the wild bushy look, this post by Jenelle Marie, is relevant to you because everyone, regardless of preferences, should be able to make informed decisions about their bodies. Yet medical facts about shaving and how to manage the risks involved tend to get muffled among all the summer party and craze.

The fact is, genital hair has biological purpose. It acts as a barrier to protect abrasions caused by rubbing and friction. When hair is removed it opens up your skin and forms microscopic entry points for STIs and other pathogens.

But let’s be clear: We are not advocating for or against pubic perfection. As Jenelle Marie states, what you do with your body is your own business.

Here we share her article about important medical factors to consider and the ways to manage risks of shaving.

Here are points to remember:

  • Any kind of hair removal can increase one’s risk of contracting STIs.
  • Some professional services reuse the waxing spatula or do not change the wax often enough, both of which violate health codes and can spread bacteria.

Here is Jenelle Marie’s list of what you can do to reduce your risk and shave safely.

The original post is featured on The STD Project.


So, how do you achieve pubic perfection without winding up with an unwanted infection?

Here’s a list of things you can do to minimize inflammation, microscopic cuts, abrasions, and your overall risk of contracting or transmitting STDs:

  • Consider shaving or waxing less of the area you previous manicured or less often
  • Apply hydrocortisone cream or an OTC antibiotic cream after your maintenance routine
  • Only book professional services at salons with fully licensed estheticians and stringent health policies, like soaking tools in hospital-grade disinfectant between procedures
  • Apply pure aloe vera to freshly shaven and waxed areas to speed healing time
  • Don’t shave, wax, etc. directly before engaging in sexual activities – allow time for your body to heal the small wounds that occur but are not always noticeable to the naked eye
  • Always use fresh, clean and sharp razors
  • Moisten the area before shaving with warm water to help soften hair follicles

Yes, you can have the lightning bolt or landing strip of your dreams, but be smart, aware of your risks, and consider some additional steps to negate your risk of infection.

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