Over the past several decades, smooth, bare skin has become mainstream for millions of people, regardless of their gender. Many enjoy shaved skin, compared to when the hair is left to grow out naturally. Because of this, it’s become routine for some women to shave or wax their skin. Many times this results in the complete removal of their pubic hair. However, it’s a good idea to understand the benefits of keeping your pubic hair, especially as it pertains to your health.

So before you say goodbye to your bush again, here are certain things you should know about it:

  1. Reduces Friction

It provides protection against friction that can cause skin irritation in this sensitive area. It also reduces friction between your vulva and clothing. The presence of pubic hair makes the skin down there less susceptible to chafing or rashes. Pubic hair is referred to as “a dry lubricant” by some sources. This is because it’s easier to rub hair against hair than it is to rub skin against skin.


  1. Protects The Vagina From Infection

Pubic hair  helps block your vagina from bacterial infections such as cellulitis, vaginitis, yeast infection as well as urinary and sexually transmitted infections. In addition, hair follicles produce sebum, an oil which actually prevents bacteria from reproducing.  It’s also help to reduce the amount of sweat produced around the vagina.


  1. Pheromones Transmission

Pheromones are odours produced by the body that attracts sexual partners. While some people have a very strong scent, others have odours that are not quite as noticeable to others. The odour can be trapped by the pubic hair because of its density. These pheromones are supposed to boost sexual stimulations as our bodies sweat.


  1. Signals reproductive ability

Pubic hair appears at puberty. It’s an obvious physical sign of sexual maturity — and consequently, one’s ability to reproduce.


  1. Regulate Body Temperature

Pubic hair is also known to keep the genital area warm and moist, without which your skin would dry out and start chafing due to lack of sweat and moisture. By eliminating your pubic hair, you may jeopardise your body’s ability to cool itself. Each hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland that secretes oils onto the hair; when this oil evaporates, it cools the skin.


Effects of Pubic Hair Removal

There are some risks associated with removing your pubic hair.

  • Genital itching, sometimes severe
  • Genital burns from waxing
  • Abrasions or cuts during shaving or waxing
  • Stubble, rash, bumps and ingrown hairs
  • Bacterial infections
  • Increased risk of contracting or transmitting viral infections, such as herpes simplex or HPV, due to cuts or skin irritation that make the skin more susceptible
  • Contact dermatitis from shaving products


Care And Maintenance Of Pubic Hair

If you decided to go natural, keeping your pubic hair clean is very important. Below are some ways to care for it.

  • Wash with warm, soapy water when you take a shower.
  • Avoid using scented products to clean your pubic area, as they can lead to a pH imbalance.
  • Wipe after you use the toilet from front to back.
  • Use a damp towel or tissue to clean your pubic area between baths or showers.
  • Always dry your pubic hair after cleaning.

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