We grew up in a society that made us believe that having hair in some places—like your armpits, legs, and face—is a huge deal. That includes pubic hair, which is why many women shave or wax them no matter what.
But while it’s all a matter of preference, let’s get the facts straight: it’s not imperative to shave or wax your pubic hair. In fact, you might even want to refrain from doing it, as shaving can pose a lot of health risks that you never knew existed. And they’re not without a purpose either, as nature wouldn’t give us pubic hair just to get rid of it.
So if you’re thinking of shaving your pubes on a regular basis, stop and think about it first. Why would you remove something that does you no harm in the first place? Here are several reasons why getting rid of it might not be the most brilliant idea.
It’s There To Keep You Comfortable
Pubic hair isn’t just on your body for no reason – it has a purpose! It actually exists to act as a barrier to friction. This includes friction between your body and your clothing, as well as during sex. Pubes are there to make one of the most friction-heavy circumstances more comfortable for your genitals. Pubes make sure that your skin doesn’t get inflamed and rug burn-y.
Pubes Protect You From Bacteria
Open cuts and wounds you can get from shaving and other forms of hair removal, plus the warm, moist environment of genitals equals a recipe for infection. Even when there aren’t cuts down there, pubic hair still acts as a barrier to keep out unwanted bacteria while leaving a healthy amount of it there. Pubic hair also keeps unwanted dust, debris, and dirt from getting in and irritated.
It Will Be Less Itchy Down There
You might love the feeling and look of being completely bare down there. It’s true that on the first day, it’s all smooth and nice. But as soon as the hair starts growing in, it itches like CRAZY. It’s the worst. And since you need to grow that hair in order to take it off again, you have to go through this period. If you leave the hair alone, it definitely won’t itch as much.
You’ll Save Money
I was a poor college student and I was dumping close to $750/year in to waxing the hair off of my vagina. That’s more money than I spent on anything else. Of course shaving is cheaper, in theory, but if you want to shave your pubes and not hurt yourself, you’re going to want to get a high quality razor and shaving cream. The rusty disposable sitting in your soap dish is not gonna cut it (Sorry about that pun). Not shaving or waxing means saving money.
It’s The Most Difficult Area To Shave
Some people’s pubic hair goes down their thigh and can extend back towards their butt. It is difficult to shave because the total area is not so easily seen and the super sensitive skin around your vagina is really easy to cut. It’s a big, bloody, puffy disaster waiting to happen.
Staying Natural Means No Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are not fun, and you get them most often from shaving and/or waxing. They’re painful. Some can grow into large blackhead-looking mountains that need to be popped or picked at with tweezers. Do it yourself if you’re brave, but if you’re cool with your waxist doing this, I’m sure they’ll help themselves during your next appointment. Regardless, staying natural down there takes away a lot of the risk of ingrown hairs.
Pubic Hair Is Natural, Not Gross
Save for some conditions in which people are incapable of growing pubic hair, it’s biology’s way of saying that you’re sexually maturing, or that you already have. It’s perfectly natural and it exists for a reason. Pubic hair wasn’t an evolutionary accident and it’s here to help you have better sex and a healthier vagina. There’s no need to be ashamed of your bush, no matter how long it is. Be proud!
Whatever decision you make about what makes you feel confident and awesome down there – great! Rock on! Just make sure that you’re making that decision for you and not solely based on what your partner wants or what society deems as attractive or desirable.