Shaving can be intimidating the first time you try it out, regardless of the area you're shaving or how old you are. But when you're shaving an especially sensitive area, like your pubic area, you might be especially nervous initially, or, at least, keenly aware of how quickly something could go awry. And though you might think that shaving this oh-so-delicate part of your body is the same as shaving any other part, that's not exactly the case. There are some surprising things OB-GYNs wish you knew before shaving down there that are important to know — and worthwhile to consider — even if you've been shaving for years.
Although many people do choose to groom their pubic hair, you might not actually know the ins and outs of what to do and what to avoid, beyond the standards like making sure the razor isn't too dull and not shaving skin that's dry. But some of the things that OB-GYNs wish you knew aren't quite as intuitive and they might not be things that you've ever heard before. From what to do about shaving cream to how much shaving to actually do, there might be more to the process of shaving and grooming pubic hair than you previously thought.