Ladies there is so much to learn about our bodies. Sex education in school covered the most basic information possible and our lack of usable need to know knowledge is astonishing. While talking to a friend recently I became curious if shaving or trimming our pubic hair had hygiene or health benefits. I even asked a few friends and no one knew. This lead me to doing some research on it and here is what I found.
The bikini was first introduced in 1946. With that women started trimming their pubic hair. In the 1950’s Playboy magazine was introduced which featured clean-shaven models in lingerie. They became the benchmark for the hairless look. It wasn’t until 1987 when the Brazilian wax became mainstream in the states that women embraced the hairless look. Porn has also been a huge contributor to hairless vaginas everywhere. Many women shave because that’s their preference, their partners preference, or because that become the norm in today’s society. But does shaving your vagina have hygiene or health benefits?
Pubic hair has a purpose. It reduces the friction from skin to skin contact, underwear or other clothes, and anything else that may come into contact to prevent injury. Everyone has pubic hair. Some have less and some have more. The growth and location of pubic hair varies from person to person. Pubic hair has a similar function to eyelashes or nose hair, trapping oils, dirt, and bacteria from getting to or entering the vagina. It also transmits pheromones, chemical secretions that affect mood and behavior. Pheromones come from the apocrine sweat glands, which the pubic region has a lot of. Pubic hair also reduces the risk of STIs because it acts as a buffer reducing skin to skin contact.
Shaving your vagina can cause rashes, burns, irritation, and ingrown hairs. In rare cases it can cause boils that develop from irritation and can cause infections like cellulitis and folliculitis. When shaving or trimming you should be sure to disinfect or use clean scissors, razors, or trimmers. It will help reduce your risk of possible infections. Shaving in the direction of hair growth, moisturizing afterwards, and avoiding wearing tight clothes can all help to reduce irritation from shaving. Visiting a professional for hair removal isn’t necessarily safer than removing yourself, as long as you know what you’re doing.
To recap, pubic hair keeps dirt, oil, and bacteria out of the vagina, reduces friction, and acts as a buffer against STIs. Shaving your vagina can cause irritation, rashes, and infections. In short shaving your vagina isn’t healthier or more hygienic than having pubic hair. If anything all or some pubic hair is actually healthier for your vagina. Whatever your preference, the important thing is keeping it clean and healthy. Wash your vagina everyday, wipe properly (front to back), and take steps to keep it healthy. Clean shaven, landing strip, or bushed the choice is yours.