For those of you that shave...

Sammi Sammi
I was curious, since a lot of people shave or trim their private area, judging from a previous poll. When you schedule your visit for your yearly exam/physical, do you let it grow back before you go in?

Discuss why or why not below, if you'd like!
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, I let it grow back fully before going in for an exam.
6
Yes, I let it grow back a little.
29
No, I keep it trimmed and don't worry about it.
74
No, I keep it shaved and don't worry about it.
186
Other
17
Total votes: 312 (287 voters)
Poll is closed
11/19/2009
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NuMe NuMe
Funny you should mention that. When I had to go to the DR not that long ago, I was telling hubby that I was a bit embarassed about that. And he thought I was being silly. So I left it shaved. I didn't get any funny looks or anything from the DR. lol
11/20/2009
Sleeping Dreamer Sleeping Dreamer
I like to keep it trim, I don't want to risk ingrown hairs because I've actually had a gyno chastise me. (Not for shaving but for not having the perfect shave.. and no matter how hard we try it can never be 100% perfect)...


When I was pregnant I refused to go in with a "porn star" looking pussy. I told my husband (at this point I was close to popping) that I was just going to let it grow out a little bit longer than trimmed. I'm glad I did because I ended up giving birth with my mother in the room and my parents, sister, and grandparents walked in during a VERY bad time (my mother had told them it was over but they still had me in the stirrups for the placenta)..
11/20/2009
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Oh man, you just reminded me that I am overdue in making that appointment. Meh.
11/20/2009
Twist Shimmy Twist Shimmy
It actually never even crossed my mind to stop shaving and trimming before going in for an exam! I guess I've always assumed that they've seen it all, so why should I change my habits?
11/20/2009
EffinSara EffinSara
Nah... my gynecologist admires my nipple piercings, so what's she going to say about a lack of pubic hair?
11/20/2009
Saraid Saraid
I actually always shave right before I go as a courtesy. I always figured they appreciate not having to battle with a lot of hair - may I am wrong?
11/20/2009
Liz2 Liz2
Honestly, I never give it a thought and I am clean shaven. Never has been mentioned by my female GYN. No doubt she has seen everything...
11/20/2009
Heather Heather
That's funny you would even think about it. I'm friends with a few doctors and can tell you the ones I know would never think twice about it. I'll have to ask but I bet you Saraid is right about them not wanting to battle with a thick bush. When I was pregnant this last time my hair grew like mad and I couldn't keep up with it. My doctor did actually mention he couldn't believe I had hairs that really went to my knees.
11/20/2009
~miss.heather~ ~miss.heather~
Quote:
Originally posted by Saraid
I actually always shave right before I go as a courtesy. I always figured they appreciate not having to battle with a lot of hair - may I am wrong?
I agree with you, plus I shave anyhow for my own personal preference so why would I let it grow just because of what the doc might think or say?
11/20/2009
Darling Dove Darling Dove
I can't shave every day because it irritates my skin. if I'm not actively with a partner I usually let it grow how it wants, it doesn't bother me, it just takes longer to shave it next time. I don't really care what the doctor does or doesn't like. I don't like some old guys' fingers up my ass or in my cooch and I get them anyways. He can deal with it since the hair is spread out enough to not cause visibility issues.
I think the most I would ever shave would be once a week or less due to my sensitive skin, and the fact that the initial stuff that grows back is insane to shave.
In any case.. I just leave it how it is for the doctor.. I don't care and he shouldn't care. It's traumatizing enough for me with hair, it'd be worse if I was fully exposed. It'd be so much colder!
11/20/2009
deceased deceased
I shave everything. I used to nick everything and have some nasty scars, but I switched to fusion razors and gels rather than creams and soaps for shaving. I bodybuild, so even my arms and legs and chest need to be shaved.It's great exfolitaion ( I also exfoliate with a brush and a nylon cloth twice a day. No ingrown hairs. Fusion has five blades, and the battery operated one is amazing.Its the only razor I trust on my neck.
11/20/2009
anelinvader anelinvader
As a man that shaves his shaft/sack and around the anus I have to get a yearly for my work you know turn your head and cough and the prostate exam, I keep every thing shaved if I can not be comfortable with my doctor then what's the sence in haveing that doctor. I had to see a uroligest for the first time a few years back to see about a vasectomy I stayed shaved never met him befor he asked if I shaved for that day I said no this is me I have shaved sence I was 16. why change your routine to me it is not being true to your self or who are
11/20/2009
Raven Raven
My normal personal hygiene involves shaving and I see no reason to change that before going to a doctor. Even though I think they are probably pleased to have someone hair-free, I think cleanliness is the main issue whether one does or does not shave.
11/20/2009
Sammi Sammi
I appreciate everyone's input on this. I've always been worried about keeping it shaved before going in to the doctor. I'm not really sure why.
11/27/2009
Daddy'sPuppy Daddy'sPuppy
Why does it matter? i have never had to worry about Dr.Nauthy asking me about my forest. ....does he ask when you get older?
12/08/2009
Sammi Sammi
It's not really a question of the doctor asking when you get older, but a question of whether or not they comment on it at all.
12/08/2009
Daddy'sPuppy Daddy'sPuppy
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
It's not really a question of the doctor asking when you get older, but a question of whether or not they comment on it at all.
what i meant is how would they know...its never come up that they even look there
12/08/2009
Daddy'sPuppy Daddy'sPuppy
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
It's not really a question of the doctor asking when you get older, but a question of whether or not they comment on it at all.
oh wait you mean lady doctor dont you...EWw, he he he, those doctors even scare me with all their equipment. Im glad guys only have to see uroligist if theirs something wrong and not for a check up, they have scary things too
12/08/2009
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by Daddy'sPuppy
oh wait you mean lady doctor dont you...EWw, he he he, those doctors even scare me with all their equipment. Im glad guys only have to see uroligist if theirs something wrong and not for a check up, they have scary things too
Yes, I did . Although the question applies to both men and women shaving before they go see the doctor
12/08/2009
Sir Sir
I do not give a damn either way (though I haven't been to the doctor in a long time). If I shave that day, I shave that day. If I don't, I don't.
12/16/2009
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by Saraid
I actually always shave right before I go as a courtesy. I always figured they appreciate not having to battle with a lot of hair - may I am wrong?
No, I believe that you are correct. It's cleaner and easier for them to look around when there isn't hair. That's why whenever surgeries are done, hair must be removed so that there is a clean surface to work with. (By clean, I mean bare.)
12/16/2009
seaofneptune seaofneptune
I haven't stopped shaving before I go to see my doctor. The first time I did though, it was my first time shaving and I felt a little bashful about it and worried that she would point that out. Then I realized that she probably sees many shaved women and it's not like I am the first or anything.

I'll probably keep shaving or at least trimming anyways before I go in unless my doctor tells me otherwise.
12/21/2009
P-townGal P-townGal
I feel embarrassed going in with a furry crotch, to be honest. I don't have a problem with bare or with hair in general, but I feel like when going in to see the doctor I like to keep things as clean and easy to see as possible. I know that having hair is natural, but I have convinced myself that being shaved or very neatly trimmed actually helps the doctor do their job more efficiently I'm sure they see a wide range of different bikini-styles, so-to-speak, and they're not allowed to comment on your own personal choices in that arena anyway. Hair or bare is a personal decision based on personal comfort.
12/23/2009
Domineight Domineight
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
I was curious, since a lot of people shave or trim their private area, judging from a previous poll. When you schedule your visit for your yearly exam/physical, do you let it grow back before you go in?

Discuss why or why not below, if ... More
Interesting you should ask that question since I have a big ol' bush and it is so uncommon in my age bracket it seems that I feel obligated to tell always give the "I don't shave....anything. And I have several genital piercings" speech before a gyno examines me.

I think shaving is the majority these days so no gyno is going to think twice about it, though realistically I know they probably don't care either way.
01/02/2010
Bellastorme Bellastorme
I just shave when I do my legs that way it all stays the same, I never got any funny looks from my midwife. She did ask how I did it being 7 foot around (40 weeks pregnant)lol Very skillfully.
01/18/2010
Sammi Sammi
I actually went today, and I was still worried about it, but very relieved when she didn't say a word . I feel a bit silly for worrying about it so much!
02/22/2010
Keeshia Keeshia
I keep it shaved, always. Don't care who's going to be looking at it! I do it for me, so why should I be embarrassed in front of anyone? I've never had a doctor comment on it either so I guess that's another reason to not mind at all.
02/22/2010
ShercockHolmes ShercockHolmes
I thought it was common courtesy! lol
02/23/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I've had female gynos comment about the hair but male drs don't even seem to. I cannot shave my legs often due to intense skin irritation, I've tried everything from epilators to non-nickle razors so it isn't the type of shaving it's just my skin bitches when I shave. I will put up with it on my legs but I realized that I can't on my lady parts. I keep everything trimmed up unless I'm visiting Arch, as he likes it all wild and natural. Most doctors if you ask will say they prefer a clean well cared for body regardless of hair or no hair...sort fo like podiatrists who don;t care if you have nail polish on as long as your feet are healthy.
02/23/2010
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