Trimming pubic hair is an intimate choice but many experts feel that shaving pubic hair is simply a misleading attempt at personal hygiene. An increasing number of studies are now advocating against shaving the pubes. We explain it here.
They exist for a purpose
Pubic hair are there for a reason. Being the most sensitive part of our body, it is much prone to rashes and itching. Lack of friction may trigger such reactions, making your pubes vulnerable to infections. Avoid razing or shaving them, and let your pubes serve the purpose they have.
Protection against bacteria
Pubic hair acts as a barrier against unwanted bacteria and infections. Pubic hair also protects you against pathogenic bacteria and dust from getting in. So, it’s wise to leave a healthy amount down there and prevent your vagina from unwanted debris.
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No more itching
A fresh shave leaves a soft and clean feeling. But in a few days, as hair starts to grow, you get a bad itchy feeling.
No more ingrown hair
Waxing or shaving often leaves ingrown hair into the skin. It’s difficult to remove them, especially from the most sensitive areas. And if not removed, they can actually turn into annoying blackheads and other skin problems. Leave them in a natural state and avoid the problem of ingrown hair.
Maintains vaginal temperature
Like other parts of the body, pubic area also sweats. Pubic hair absorbs sweat and moisture from these areas and regulates vaginal temperature and controls unwanted dampness.
Reduces the risk of s£xually transmitted diseases
Though it is not a fool proof solution but pubic hair traps bacteria and other harmful infections up to a great extent. This way you can avoid direct contact of harmful bacteria with your skin. Also keeping them clean helps prevent many infections.
You’re less vulnerable to skin infections.
No matter how long you’ve been shaving, it’s impossible not to end up with a knick or two in the process, and those can be incredibly irritating or even get infected if not treated properly. But it turns out those little cuts can be dangerous depending on where they take place.
Since pubic hair acts as a sort of shield for your genitals which are, you know, pretty exposed, the little cuts and tears from shaving leave you susceptible to infections like streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus, and MRSA, according to Cosmopolitan.
You’ll release more pheromones.
A study done in 2007 by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine claimed that one of body hair’s major functions was to release pheromones. Though pheromones are still fairly mysterious, it seems as though they act as a way to attract potential mates.
In fact, one of the male pheromones called androstadienone has even been shown to increase a female’s libido when exposed to it. So it turns out, all this time we didn’t need Tinder; we needed more body hair.
Your orgasms may be better.
Now that you’ve found a partner thanks to all those pheromones you were releasing, you can take advantage of another body hair benefit — better orgasms. There are tiny nerve endings at the base of each pubic hair follicle, which means it can create a sensation for you when it’s touched or during the friction of sex, according to Health.com. That means shaving your pubic hair may actually be reducing the sensations you’re experiencing during sex.
Having armpit hair reduces chafing.
If you do a lot of physical activity, you’re bound to deal with armpit sweat. That sweat combined with the friction of repeated movements can lead to chafing and unwanted rashes.
Though you may be tempted to shave to fix that, Dermatologist Dr. Terrence Keaney warns against it. According to Keaney, shaving can actually make the problem worse, and your best bet is to keep your hair and keep the area moisturized.
Your body’s temperature may be more regular.
If you’ve ever noticed that your hair lies down when you’re warm and stands up when you’re cold, you’ve witnessed a pretty complex biological process, according to the BBC. The position of the hair is a way of trapping heat to keep you warm or releasing heat to keep you cool. That means the cold winter months aren’t the only time you should be tossing out your razor.