If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “going Brazilian”, it basically refers to the complete removal of hair on both your vagina and anus. Whether or not you like this look is a completely personal decision. On the plus side, you can wear the skimpiest of panty styles without having to worry about any pubes showing. And if you remove your hair by laser, you won’t have to worry about shaving and constant regrowth. Personally, I love going Brazilian.
But going Brazilian isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t like the way it looks or feels. Not only that, there can be several embarrassing side-effects that aren’t often mentioned that you can read about below. For most people, these aren’t deal-breakers, but they can be embarrassing to talk about.
1) When you pee it goes everywhere
One of the more embarrassing things that can happen after going “Brazilian” is that your pee goes all over the place – except straight down where you want it to go. This can be especially problematic when trying to use a public toilet in the squatting position, which is hard enough to do on its own.
For a long time, I thought I was the only one with this problem, but it’s actually quite common. Some people believe that your pubic hair acts as a conduit to direct the pee downward. While others say that the lack of hair makes your labia more likely to stick together, which in turn, makes your pee go in all different directions.
How to fix
I have found the best way to fix this issue is to use your fingers to pull your labia apart before you pee. You don’t need to leave your fingers there, you just need to break the bond holding your labia together so your pee can flow freely. You can also do the same maneuver using toilet paper instead. Some people also suggest trying different angles, like leaning more forward or backward when you pee as a way to direct your it downward.
2) Your skin is permanently red down there
In my own experience, once I was rocking my smooth and mostly hair-free vagina, I was bummed that my skin wasn’t porcelain white like the rest of me is. It turns out that my labia are slightly darker and redder than the rest of my body. Thankfully, this is a normal occurrence among women and I’m probably the only one who notices it. But it’s something good to know beforehand so you aren’t disappointed later on.
Another thing to be aware of is that hormonal changes and sexual arousal can make your labia swell and increase the blood flow to the area, making them appear larger and redder. Without pubic hair, these color changes can become much more obvious.
How to fix
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s completely normal for your labia to be redder and darker than the rest of your body. If your partner should happen to notice (in a concerned manner), just tell them it’s your normal color or that it occurs when you get turned on. I promise they’ll love it. But if it really bothers you, you may want to research laser treatments that may be able to lighten your skin to match the rest of your body.
3) You will likely have hair left over
If you are having laser hair removal, you might be surprised by how much hair is left over. In my own case, I never realized how much blonde hair I had down there which, unfortunately, cannot be treated by lasers. You may also be left with random dark hairs in the oddest of places, just waiting for the perfect moment to embarrass you.
So if you’re strict about being completely hairless, you may have to closely examine yourself on a regular basis. Especially since laser hair removal doesn’t stop new hair follicles from forming in the future.
How to fix
For leftover hair, you have several options including touch-up laser treatments, waxing, or shaving. My preferred way of taking care of leftover hair is to have electrolysis. It’s a great way to get rid of individual hairs or blonde hair that doesn’t respond to lasers. It can also be cheaper than having laser touch-up treatments which can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars.
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Did you experience any surprising side effects after going Brazilian? Please share in the comments!