Every woman has their own preference for how they like to keep their pubic hair, but for many people who choose to remove their hair, shaving is the easiest and cheapest — thus preferred — method. However, there are certain times you should never shave down there, as doing so can cause some health issues and problems that at the very least could leave you uncomfortable, but could also lead to some serious infections. You might not think twice about when you should or should not pull out the razor, but it's important to be aware of the times you're better off getting a wax or just going au naturale.
"It's important to keep in mind that pubic hair does serve a function down there: It acts as a natural barrier to both friction and and infections," says RealSelf contributor and dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah over email. "The skin in the genital area is much more delicate compared to other areas that you may be shaving. Because shaving can create micro injury to the skin, it increases the risk if infections in this area, including viral infections like herpes, HPV and molluscum, and other sexually transmitted diseases."
To make sure you're protecting your vaginal health the best way you can, here are the seven times you should never be shaving down there.