Shaving of the pubic hair to so many people is nothing new. Once a taboo subject, pubic hair has grown into a public fascination.
Back in the days, you only coifed your vagina if you were a were a porn star or swimsuit models. Now, plenty of women consider grooming their vagina as part of their monthly beauty prep along with their mani-pedi, eyebrow tweezing, lip, leg and underarm waxing, and brow and eyelash tinting.
Some women believe they’re being more hygienic by creating a no hair zone, but that’s not actually the truth.
In fact, women who do shave down there are actually putting themselves at risk of getting more infections – some of which can be transferred by sexual contact – so that’s far from ideal.
But still, it begs the question, when you shave your pubic hair, is it merely decorative? Or are there benefits to your health?
According to an ob-gyn Dr. Jacqueline M. Walters, it does in fact have a purpose, and is nothing for you to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Therefore, if you’re still on the fence about shaving your pubic hair or not, consider this; there is no medical downside to letting it all hang out.
Benefits of pubic hair
- Your pubic hair provides a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, and protects you from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens.
- It can play a role in regulating temperature but more importantly, it is thought to trap pheromone scent from your natural perspiration, for sexual and partner attractiveness—who knew?
- Having pubic hair prevents dirt and other floating germs from entering your vagina, it keeps our genitals warm, and it’s the perfect cushion during sex, bicycling, and other forms of exercise that put pressure on your vagina.
- The pros of letting your pubes grow without any grooming attention could mean you have little to no risk of ingrown hairs or skin irritation commonly associated with waxing, shaving, and other hair removal methods.
Downside of rocking a full-grown bush
- Keeping it clean during menstruation, for example, and maintaining hygiene with exercise might be more challenging for some.
- It could help if you give your pubes (not inside your vagina) hygienic attention with soap and water. Unfortunately, when letting your pubes grow without trimming, the risk of urine and odor build-up may be more common.
Whether you wish to have pubic hair or not is 100 percent a cosmetic and personal choice, adds Dr. Fahimeh Sasan of Mount Sinai Hospital. Laser, shave, wax, leave it natural—whatever you like is good.
There are no medical issues, concerns, or medical opinions either way.