Most women prefer to shave their pubes. Some shave it because their men don’t like it when they have to remove hair from their teeth after dining down south. Some do it because it makes them feel clean. And others do it because they don’t want to walk around with pubic hair popping out of their bikinis. However, there is a reason why your pubic hair started growing when you reached puberty, so it’s probably not a good idea to shave it all off. Here are a couple of reasons as to why:
It Protects You from Genital Warts
Genital warts are apparently located near or on your genitals. They look like bumps or growths, and they are spread through skin-to-skin contact. Pubic hair helps to prevent against skin-to-skin contact. It’s not easy to see genital warts with your naked eye so don’t think “inspecting” your partner will help you to see them. In fact, people who have genital warts do not even know they have them. It’s important to note that while your pubic hair might reduce your risk of getting genital warts, it doesn’t eliminate the risk entirely.
Pubic Hair Contains Pheromones
The sweat glands in your vagina release pheromones, which stimulate you and your partner’s sexual desires. The hair in your vagina locks the smell, and that’s why every woman’s vagina has a unique smell that attracts her man. So shaving the hair means no odor and less pleasure because it doesn’t stimulate your man’s sense of smell.
Exposes You to Bacteria
When you shave your pubic hair, you leave behind microscopic open wounds over the hair follicle, which might lead to bacterial infection. When your clothes rub on your shaved skin, they irritate and inflame the hair follicles. Combine this irritation with the moist environment around your genitals and it becomes a happy place for bacteria to thrive. The most common type of bacteria that likes to thrive in such conditions causes staph boils and abscesses. The infection can become so severe that you may need incisions to drain the infection, which might result in significant scars.
Acts as a Natural Lubricant
Your pubic hair naturally protects you against skin-to-skin friction. When your skin rubs together, it can get irritated, and hair helps reduce this problem. It can also reduce friction during intercourse.
It’s Painful and Expensive
This may not be life threatening or dangerous in any way but let’s face it ladies, waxing, tweezing, laser hair removal and the likes are painful procedures. In addition to them being painful, they end up costing thousands of dollars. And even if you choose less painful methods like hair removal cream, the cost of purchasing the cream will still add up. Let’s not forget that when the hair grows back, it can cause itchiness and sometimes ingrown hairs. In the end, is it all worth it?
If you feel there is too much hair, or it’s a little too hairy, you can trim your pubic hair instead of shaving it all off completely. You can also get a bikini line done instead of having your entire pubic area waxed. And by the way, the vagina cleans itself so all you need to do to keep it fresh is to rinse with warm water. No douching.