Waxing is never NOT going hurt, at least a little, but there are definitely things you can do to make it suck less.
To help you reduce the pain of getting hair ripped out of a very sensitive part of your body, BuzzFeed Health talked to dermatologist Dr. Rachel Miest, and licensed esthetician Fernanda Santos, owner of Beleza Beauty Spa. Here's what you can actually do.
1. First of all, know that waxing around your genitals will probably hurt a bit more than other places.
2. Gently exfoliate the area with a washcloth 2-3 days before your wax.
3. Make sure your hair is at least a quarter inch long — but don't trim it down yourself if it's longer than that.
4. Skip your wax if you have any cuts or irritation down there.
5. Tell your esthetician if you're taking any medications that could make your skin extra sensitive.
6. Probably don't get a wax around your period.
7. Pop a pain reliever 30-45 minutes before your appointment.
8. Buy some numbing cream and slather it on, since it's probably going to be your best friend.
You can actually get numbing creams over the counter, which are topical anesthetics that help reduce pain during a wax, says Miest. Just make sure to do a small patch test first in case you wind up having a sensitivity to it. Once you're in the clear, apply it 30-45 minutes before your appointment.
Important: Since the skin around the vulva is a little thinner, that might make you absorb more of it, so you might want to start with a thin layer of the stuff until you know how numb it'll get you. Also, remember this is topical, so only apply it to the surrounding skin, and not your actual vagina.