To Shave or Not to Shave… for your GYN appointment

It is a common concern that is brought to me from both friends and patients alike—shaving for your GYN appointment. Do you shave it all off for better viewing, landscape to show you made the effort, or just let it all hang loose like the primal woman God made you?

From a profession opinion, it truly does not really make a difference to us. We have seen it all. Straight, curly, long, short, bald, afro, in all different trims and styles; pubic hair is as unique as the individual that grows them. If you are the kind of gal that likes mow her lawn on the regular, great. But if you are stressed about getting horrid razor burn, (or you just forgot) then don’t sweat it. Be comfortable with however you wear your downstairs carpeting. We are not here to judge– but if you pimp your pubes, your vajazzled vajayjay will undoubtedly be hilariously scrutinized. Kidding. 

My one recommendation is for those that have long, unruly hair (you know who you are), it is better to have somewhat of a trim, at least around the area of interest, specifically, the labia majora (sides and lips). I say this simply because with better visibility, we are better able to asess and identify problems that might otherwise go unnoticed (condyloma, hpv warts, skin growths etc.). Not that getting a pelvic exam is ever a walk through the park, but it might be more tolerable to not get your strands caught in the machinery. That being said trimming especially before labor and delivery, there is less likelihood of getting rebellious hairs getting caught and pulled if you need stitches after..

Nonetheless, everyone has their own preferences to how they choose to decorate their bush. Embrace it. Or erase it. We don’t care. As your doctors, we are just glad you came in for your dreaded annual exam, so don’t let pubic hair taboos keep you away. Just keep it simple and keep it safe.