For years women have been convinced that porn star style waxing is what their other halves desire. But a new survey suggests it's time to ditch the wax, lasers, and razors because, well, most women can't be bothered, and their boyfriends don't really care anyway.
And celebrities are also giving up the topiary look: back in September actress Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that she "rocks a 70s vibe down there" on "The Ellen Degeneres Show."
The Telegraph UK reports on a new poll of 1,870 women by online pharmacy U.K. Medix, which found 51 per cent of women do not "style or groom their pubic hairs," and 45 per cent admitted that they can "no longer be bothered to keep up the grooming." How do the men feel? Sixty-two per cent of the women said that their partner "prefers the natural look."
In April, another survey from waxing brand Nads asked 1,000 men about their pubic hair preferences for women, with the most popular look being "trimmed and tidy," a far cry from the Hollywood, which involves waxing all of the hair away. Forty-three per cent of the men said that they preferred their women to look as natural as possible with a "Bermuda triangle," trimmed hair and waxed edges, while 17 per cent picked the Brazilian, or landing strip.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus called candida. <br><strong>HOW:</strong> Yeast infections are more common than you may think. Symptoms include itchy vajayjays and thick, white, clumpy discharge that is similar to cottage cheese. Other symptoms can include pain while urinating or discomfort during sex. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong> Oral pills from the drugstore and even homemade remedies like<a href="http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/garlic.asp" target="_hplink"> inserting garlic into your vagina</a>, can fight off yeast infections. If your infection is minimal, it may just go away on it's own.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina. <br><strong>HOW:</strong> This infection is your body telling you something's not right. It usually occurs when "foreign objects" like condoms, scented tampons or even soaps come in contact with your lady part. Symptoms include the dreadful itch, swelling of the vulva, stinky odour and foamy green or yellow, or even bloody discharge. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong> Ladies, if you feel any of these symptoms, go see your gynecologist.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>Bacterial vaginosis is the imbalance of bacteria types in the vagina. <br><strong>HOW:</strong> This is one infection you'll notice right away -- probably because of the light grey discharge and fishy odour. BV is also common during sex (you may notice bleeding after sex). Having multiple sexual partners, douching or even smoking may lead to higher risks of BV. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong> Antibiotics can work but talking to your gyno about prescriptions first and lead you in the right path.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>Atrophic vaginitis happens when your body stops producing estrogen and well, your lady flower decides to get droopy and dry up.<br><strong>HOW:</strong> It's not always about menopause. AV can happen because of lactation, periods or using anti-estrogenic drugs. And it doesn't stop there. AV symptoms include inflammation, itching, burning and discomfort during urination. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong> Topical or oral estrogen could be effective treatments and using lubricants during sex also helps.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>This type of dryness can hit at any age -- leaving our lady parts feeling prune-ish. <br><strong>HOW:</strong> Even though it's more common in post-menopausal women, vaginal dryness occurs with low estrogen levels, inadequate foreplay and medical disorders like diabetes. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong>The good news is, this dryness can be easily fixed. Increase your foreplay for natural lubrication or try daily vaginal moisturisers.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>Ahh-cho. Some women may feel itching or burning after intercourse with no signs of an infection.<br><strong>HOW:</strong> Experts say itching, burning, swelling, redness, rashes or hives are common symptoms of semen allergies. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong>The first treatment is using a condom during sex, but you should also talk to a professional on overcoming intimacy obstacles.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>Vulvodynia is an "unprovoked" stinging and burning anywhere on the vulva with no apparent cause. <br><strong>HOW:</strong> There could be several reasons for vulvodynia, but your doctor may look at medical history and cancel out other infections first. <br><strong>FIX IT: </strong> Treatments differ depending on the individual. Some include soothing gels before sexual intercourse or vulvar ice packs to chill your vj.
<strong>WHAT: </strong> Eczema causes inflammation and redness to skin -- even the skin around your vagina.<br><strong>HOW:</strong> Eczema usually runs in the family. It can also be caused by conditions like asthma or allergies<br><strong>FIX IT: </strong> Treatments are easy to find -- and plentiful. Anti-itch medications, cleansers, lubricants can all help with stopping the itch.
<strong>WHAT: </strong>If you're looking for a quick pube fix, ladies, say no to the razor. Folliculitis otherwise known as ingrown hairs occur when hair follicles become infected.<br><strong>HOW:</strong> Now even though razors and shaving are big culprits, your skin, weight, exposure to hot water or even tight clothes can also cause ingrown hairs.<br><strong>FIX IT: </strong>Ingrown hairs usually heal on their own. To speed up the process, try warm soaks, medicated creams or for larger boils, surgical drainage.
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