Dear Diary,

What goes through a gynecologist’s mind during an examination? Do doctors care if you shave in advance of a check up? I always wondered if my gynecologist paid attention to the details down there, or if it was all in my head. Nonetheless, I always ensured I was freshly shaved and showered before my annual exams. Well, I take that back. When I was pregnant, I couldn’t see my feet, let alone, well you know!

Pick the Right Razor

Of course, finding the right razor is key. A lot of women are pretty sensitive and become easily irritated. Some razors are made specifically to trim your bikini line. Often, there’s a higher cost attached, but isn’t it worth it?

Prep Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine

Before you use the razor, soak in warm water, which is said to make your shaving go much smoother. You can also use an unscented shaving cream, or one made especially for sensitive skin. (This is important, since a lot of women get yeast infections or slight odors when they use fragranced soaps, shaving creams or shower gels.)

Shave in One Direction

Growing up, my mom always told us to shave in the direction that your hair grows. This can prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

If you have dry skin, moisturize with a fragrance-free lotion or cream.  If you’re not super sensitive, I prefer to use hair removal creams, like Nair. And if you’re brave, you can get waxed. I’m a scaredy cat though!  I picture the woman from the movie the 40-year-old Virgin yelling We Need More Wax and giving me a complex.  

Recently, we sat down with Dr. Robert (the brilliant OBGYN who delivered my baby) to dish about shaving.

Hey DFTM Fam–Are you worried about what goes through your doctors head during an examination? Do you have any shaving tips & tricks? Be sure to join the conversation on social media! Tweet @dearmomdiary using #TMITuesdays.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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