When you start having pubic hair, you think of whether you should shave it off or not. Perhaps you want to remove it because you want to feel clean and well-groomed, but should you really do it?
Before you decide, you should learn the advantages and disadvantages of having some pubic hair. Read them below.
Once you reach puberty, you start to have them.
Your voice changes, you become taller, and you start having hair in unlikely places. This includes having pubic hair, which is located on your genital areas.
But should you shave them?
First, you have to understand that modern society has a fascination with grooming and looking clean all the time, including getting pubic hair shaved. So, should you keep the bush or not?
A little bit of history about human hair.
Humans were incredibly hairy back then, and they only lost most of the hair about 70,000-120,000 years after the very last ice age.
Here’s a theory about the growth of pubic hair.
One of the theories as to why pubic hair growth occurs during puberty is for other people to have a visual cue that you are now sexually ready. In addition, the bush also protects you from fiction during sex.
Another theory involves sweat.
Humans have two types of sweat glands. The eccrine gland releases water and salt that have no odor.
And then there’s the apocrine gland.
The other gland is the apocrine gland that is found in the armpit and the pubic areas. Through the pubic hair follicles, the gland secretes fluids that are rich in proteins, pheromones, and lipids. When the bacteria on the skin break these fluids down, you start to have body odor.
We probably evolved to keep our armpit and pubic hair.
Because we have these hairs, the pheromones can be released toward potential mates. This is probably why women release various pheromones during ovulation.
These are the negative effects of shaving.
A study that had 1000 student participants noted that almost all of males and females shaved their pubic hairs. Likewise, 75% of people who shaved or waxed their pubic hair off experienced itchiness while 40% had rashes.
It can also cause red bumps.
If you shave or wax them, the hair can regrow inwards that result in inflamed and raised bumps. Still, one of the good effects of shaving is that the incidences of having pubic lice have decreased.
Shaving can also lead to abrasions or worse, STDs.
Microscopic abrasions on the skin could appear if you shave your pubic hair. They are prone to infection and STD transmissions.
There are direct correlations.
Finally, some people have theorized that shaving pubic hair has direct correlations with the rise of chlamydia, HPV infections, and gonorrhea. In the end, it is definitely okay to keep your bush the way nature intended.