Most of us have declared war on our pubic hair. This is yet another beauty driven idea that most of us have succumb to. In the last 10 years the hair removal industry has grown tremendously, especially genital hair removal. Cultural trends spawned by bikinis and thongs, certain hairless actors and actresses, a desire to return to childhood, a misguided attempt at hygiene, or being more attractive to a partner, has definitely been the motivation for this huge war. Surely us humans are not so naïve as to be susceptible to fashion trends and biases. (I raise my hand) Unfortunately we are, and unfortunately we will never win this war.
Research has shown that even surgeons have found that shaving a body part prior to surgery increases the opportunity for onsite infections. It doesn’t matter how fancy or expensive the method of hair removal and yes there are many options – razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis- its all harmful.
Here are the things you should know about pubic hair removal.
- It naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds.
- Frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area.
- When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy area for some of the nastiest of bacterial infections.
- Some clinicians are finding that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections and other STIs as well due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to virus carried by mouth or genitals.
I am guilty of too removing my hair down there until I kept suffering from the incessant nightmare of ingrown hairs. After talking with my OBGYN she explained to me how unhealthy it was that I was removing the hair because it was a form of protection for my womanly parts. She expressed that pubic hair does have a purpose, providing cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. She told me if I must remove hair from there that I should trim it low but not completely off.
So maybe it is time for us to declare a truce in the war on pubic hair, and allow it to stay right where it belongs. Some possible solutions:
- Shave less often (only when necessary – vanity purposes)
- Shave less off- maybe instead of cleaning yourself bald you only clean off the area that may show outside a bikini
- Groom it instead of removing it- This solution not only helps with ingrown hairs, but also allows you to wear things that may have otherwise reveal those pesky pubes
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