Should I shave...down there?

My friends say they shave there pubic hair and I don't know what to do because my mom has never said I should.

I don't want to ask my mom because it's embarrassing.
What should I do?

Hey girl, when it comes to your growing body, there are some there's a thin line between things that are OK to say out and stuff that might be a big convo TMI. That said, when it comes to shaving down there, know it’s not something you have to do—in fact, a lot of girls and women don’t. Just 'cause your friends do it, doesn’t mean you should or need to do it, too. The best thing about your bod is you get to make your own (hopefully good!) choices about it.

Exercise the right to make your own decisions....

But when figuring out what to do about this sitch, ask yourself the following big Q: Are you comfortable with shaving there? Most women or girls do so during bikini season, but it’s getting cooler now. Is it necessary? If you think it is, crack out the razor and look for shaving cream for sensitive skin; your local drug or grocery store may have some shaving creams geared towards the bikini area. If it’s not for you, no biggie. In the end, what you do is no one’s business but yours, and it’s OK either way.

But don't be afraid to ask for guidance.

Remember, girlie, your bod’s going through a lot of changes right now. While stuff like this may be a li’l bit awkward, it’s important that you’re able to talk to someone about what’s going on. It may seem silly or embarrassing but believe me, your mom’s just there help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to her, your neighbor or even your guidance counselor or nurse if you need some advice on what to expect. All these lovely ladies have gone through all these changes and you can count on them as your go-to experts.

You’re one step closer to being an adult—inside and out. Sure it's time to make your own decisions, but don't be afraid to reach out to others along the way. Growing up’s your own journey, not your friends’—it’s all about the people and ride.

Infinite xoxo’s,
Alyssa B.

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10/25/2009 7:00:00 AM