Shaving “Down There” Means You’re Three Times More Likely To Get An S-T-I

Whatever your preference is for your below-the-belt area, you should know your choice has an impact on your health. Canadian scientists surveyed more than 1,400 women on their vaginal health and hygiene practices and found intimate products generally do far more harm than good. The most-commonly used products included anti-itch creams, moisturizers, lubricants and feminine wipes. They write in the journal BMC Women’s Health, “Participants who reported use of any vaginal/genital health and hygiene product(s) had approximately three times higher odds of reporting any adverse health condition.” Women who removed their pubic hair, especially with shaving foam, were three times more likely to suffer sexually transmitted infections (STIs.) The experts add that the vagina is self-cleaning, and that women should only wash the outside of outside of their bottoms, front, and back, with mild soap and water.