Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Pubic Hair
The most common body areas depilated are the underarms, legs, pubic area, eyebrows, and face for females; and the face, abdomen, back, chest, groin, and legs for men’s. While some people prefer wax, shaving is the most common method used for the underarms, legs, and pubic area. 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. So why are people starting to declare war on pubic hair? While there is a “visual” advantage to shaving, it may not be the best thing for you to do.
Fun fact: Humans are the only mammals with thick, coarse pubic hair. Most of us don’t like keeping our bush au naturel, so we resort to shaving or waxing. But there’s a reason pubic hair stuck around as we evolved: Scientists believe it traps pheromones and attracts mates. Plus, it prevents friction when we get it on.
Shaving or waxing can make skin itchy, red, and irritated—or, even worse, result in ingrown hairs or tiny tears where bacteria and STDs can enter. So if you’re cool with it, there are some serious upsides to letting your pubic hair grow freely.