Someone asked us:
Does my gynecologist care if I shave or not before my exam?
Nope — there’s no reason for you to shave before going to your appointment. Your gynecologist (or health care provider) can do the full exam whether you have pubic hair or not..
A lot of people feel nervous before a pelvic exam, especially if it’s the first time. If this sounds like you, you can let your provider know beforehand that you’re feeling a little anxious. She can give you a sense of what to expect.
During a pelvic exam, your provider will examine your vulva for signs of irritation, unusual discharge, warts, or other conditions. She’ll also do an internal exam, to feel for anything abnormal, and possibly also do a Pap test. She can do all of this regardless of your pubic hair situation. Rest assured, your provider has seen it all — shaved, waxed, trimmed, and au natural. There’s no medical or hygienic reason to shave before a pelvic exam, and while we’re at it, there’s no medical or hygienic reason to remove your pubic hair ever. It all comes down to what you’re comfortable with.
If you need to schedule an exam, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center. Learn more about pelvic exams.
- Nina at Planned Parenthood