Q&A: Will A Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Reduce Sensation?

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QUESTION: I would like to know if having a Brazilian laser hair removal will reduce or enhance sensation? Thank you for your answer.

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Hair Styles

There isn’t any standard terminology for pubic hair styles, but most people – when they refer to Brazilian style – tend to mean the removal of most if not all of one’s pubic hair. This can be done through shaving, waxing, the use of depilatory creams, or through other hair removal methods such as laser hair reduction.

My research team has found that most women – even most young adult women – keep at least some of their pubic hair much of the time. That said, young adults are the most likely to remove all of their pubic hair, at least some of the time.

Laser Hair Reduction

Laser hair reduction offers longer lasting hair reduction than methods such as shaving or waxing. There are different types of lasers used and laser hair reduction is generally considered safe and effective. Some lasers work better on people who have fair skin and dark hair and the lasers target the hair follicles themselves rather than the skin more generally.

Side effects such as darkening or lightening of skin have been noted in research related to hair removal, but I haven’t seen any research that has specifically explored skin sensation changes – either increasing or decreasing sensation – in relation to any type of pubic hair removal, whether laser hair reduction, shaving, or waxing.

However, in studies that ask women about their reasons for hair removal, some women report that they remove some or all of their pubic hair for reasons related to sexual pleasure or enjoyment.

Learn More

If you are concerned about your genital sensation or sexual health, please check in with a healthcare provider. If you have questions specifically about pubic hair removal and your personal health, you might ask a dermatologist for additional information specific to you and your body. Also, many dermatologists offices now offer laser hair reduction so you may also be able to learn more about whether you are a good candidate for laser hair reduction and ask questions about its pros and cons.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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