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Why you should not shave your pubes

by Jericho Zafra

LEAVE that bush alone.

Some people want it trimmed, while others have their pubic hairs shaved or waxed. But should you really have to shave your pubic hair just for the purpose of seeing it look clean?

According to American health provider Healthline, human genital skin is extremely fragile, and pubic hair works as a safety cushion during intercourse and other activities, minimizing friction.

It further noted that experts describe pubic hair as a “dry lubricant” since rubbing the hair on hair is easier than rubbing skin against skin. 

Pubic hair may also keep the genitals warm, which is vital in sexual arousal, the report said.

Protection from bacteria 

Pubic hair functions similarly to eyelashes or nose hair. In simple terms, pubic hairs collect dirt, trash, and potentially harmful bacteria, the report said.

Furthermore, hair follicles generate sebum, an oil that stops bacteria from growing. As a result, pubic hair may fight against some infections, such as:

  • Cellulitis – it is a common bacterial skin illness characterized by redness, swelling, and discomfort in the area of infection. 
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – STIs are typically acquired through sexual interaction. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause sexually transmitted illnesses can spread from person to person through blood, sperm, vaginal fluid, and other bodily fluids. 
  • Urinary Tract Infections – UTIs are frequent illnesses that occur when microorganisms, typically from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra and infect the urinary system. 
  • Vaginitis – It is a vaginal irritation that can cause discharge, itching, and pain. 
  • Yeast infections – These are fungal infections that cause vaginal discomfort, discharge, and extreme itchiness. These frequently generate thick, white, clumpy vaginal discharge that does not smell.

Possible effects of shaving your pubes

According to Mayo Clinic, getting rid of some or all of your pubic hair is not essential for health or sanitation. Removing it can be unpleasant and have several adverse side effects, such as:

  • 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.

Is it unhygienic?

Medical experts said no.

Having pubic hair is not unsanitary. But because it collects sweat and dirt, it can develop a more pungent odor than skin with less hair. 

Public hair can be cleaned the same way as other body parts. When taking a shower or bath, one should wash the pubic region just like any other body part. This can assist in eliminating odor by staying clean, according to the report.

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