Nowadays, it’s really common for women to remove their pubic hair, although it’s by no means a bad thing to leave it right where it is.

Pubic hair does, after all, have an important purpose. It protects your delicate V-zone skin from friction and infection. But waxing has become the norm for many young women, who say they feel unclean if they have V-zone hair.

There’s no doubt it can get a little sweaty down there if you let your pubic hair grow freely, so it’s wise to trim it regularly. But you certainly don’t have to get rid of the lot. It’s very much a personal choice, depending on how you feel and what matters to you.

If you do go for partial or total pubic hair removal, it’s important to take steps to avoid in-grown hairs or inflammation of the hair follicles. It’s also really not a great idea to try and shave your V-zone as you could cut yourself. If you are sexually active, this can mean you are more at risk of STIs, which can be transmitted through microscopic skin tears. Bikini line hair removal creams are a big no-no, too. They can irritate the delicate tissues of your vulva.

Laser hair removal or electrolysis are the most trouble-free ways of grooming your V-zone. Have it done professionally at a reputable clinic by a trained dermatologist, and make sure you follow the after-care advice closely. But be aware, these treatments can be expensive.

Many women wax, and if that’s your choice it’s important to know that there are risks involved, like in-grown hairs, hair follicle infections and even burning your skin. There is also a small chance of getting a more serious infection like post-waxing cellulitis. This is why it’s essential to either do it yourself or go to a reputable clinic where hygiene is observed and wax is not re-used. Make sure the beautician uses a fresh stick and new wax. After waxing, apply a gentle moisturiser with aloe vera or coconut oil to soothe and promote healing.

If you do wax or shave in the shower, Libresse’s Intimate Mousse for Depilated Skin contains calendula, which will calm and moisturise the delicate skin of your V-zone. Use an exfoliating cloth to prevent in-grown hairs. After a couple of days you can switch to an everyday wash like Libresse Purifying Wash. And you may want to use a liner, such as Libresse Multistyle liners, for everyday freshness.

If you’re not keen on the idea of total hair removal, trimming your pubic hair regularly – with clean nail scissors – is recommended. This way you’ll stay comfortable, fresh and free of infection.

Remember, removing your pubic hair is a personal choice. Just do whatever feels right for you.