Pubic shaving actually originated in ancient Egypt and Greece, when
prostitutes had to shave for both hygienic reasons and as a clear sign
of their profession. Although female body shaving was established as the
norm between 1915 and 1945, pubic hair removal did not actually gain a
strong foothold until the 1980’s.
However, a new study shows that 60 % of women had, at least, one
health complication incurred from pubic hair removal, typically
epidermal abrasion (invisible cuts to the skin) and ingrown hairs. It
was also shown to cause severe skin irritation, infections and –
according to an older study – increase the spread and transmission of
These are the real reasons why you should not remove your pubic hair:
Pubic hair helps control your body temperature.
We all know that hair helps regulate body temperature, but how exactly? Hair follicles help with sweating.
There is a sebaceous gland on each hair follicle which releases oils
onto the hair, that in turn allows the oils go up to the skin’s surface.
When this oil evaporates, it cools the skin because of its latent heat.
Pubic hair actually protects you.
The pubic hair protects you from diseases and skin problems. Among
other protections, it helps to prevent foreign particles like dust and
pathogenic bacteria from entering your body.
Pubic hair contains pheromones.
Scientists are of the belief that pubic hair retains secretions that
are otherwise referred to as pheromones. This is what attracts us to
each other. The body gives off more pheromones as you sweat and those
secretions are retained in the pubic hair regions.
Higher risk for genital warts.
Genital warts are located near or at the private areas. Warts appear
as bumps or growths. They tend to be whitish or flesh colored. Many
times a person with genital warts doesn’t know that he or she has it. If
you remove your pubic hair, you are putting yourself at a higher risk
of contracting genital warts.
You are more likely to catch molluscum contagiosum (viral infection).
Shaving or waxing your pubic hair increases your risk of contracting a
viral infection. Research has shown that hairless genitals may provide
an opportunity for s*xually transmitted diseases like molluscum to take
hold, with shaving showing the strongest association. Molluscum
contagiosum is spread easily, and it has been suggested that the virus
may have spread primarily through self-infections caused by scratching
skin irritated by shaving.
It causes skin problems in your private area.
Removal of pubic hair naturally irritates the hair follicles, leaving
microscopic open wounds. Frequent hair removal is necessary to stay
smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. Many
doctors say it is not unusual to find patients with boils and abscesses
on their genitals from shaving as well as cellulitis, an infection of
the scrotum. Being on the private parts, these skin issues are often
more uncomfortable than they would be upon other parts of the body.
Hair removal is more dangerous for overweight women.
The new American study found that complications were twice as likely
for overweight or obese women, and three times more likely if they
removed all their pubic hair because, for larger women, their skin will
be closer together.
Even with these risks laid out, it’s entirely personal preference –
you just need to be aware of the risks. Some cultures have been doing it
for centuries. If you’re worried about an infection, go and see your
doctor, otherwise, you don’t really need to discuss it with a GP.”