To shave or not to shave…that is the question! There are a lot of debates on this topic, and a lot of women don’t know what to do about it.
Do you let it grow, or do you shave it completely? Women from the first group say that it protects them from diseases, and the second group states that they do it for aesthetic reasons.
Is it bad to shave or remove pubic hair? We’re going to tell you in this article!
The purpose of pubic hair
The body didn’t leave anything up to chance during creation, but a lot of women (and a growing number of men) are deciding to shave. In order to make a decision about shaving, you need to be informed.
It’s not good to base this decision on bias or fashion.
So remember that the pubic hair has several different roles, including:
- Creating a barrier to prevent external bacteria or viruses in that cause infections of diseases.
- Maintaining a pleasant and appropriate temperature for female genitalia to function properly.
- Retaining personal odors (created by pheromones) that transmit sexual signals to stimulate a partner’s libido.
- Prevent irritation in the genital area during sex, as friction could cause redness and discomfort.
Reasons for not shaving pubic hair
If you’re still not convinced whether you want to remove your pubic hair or not, pay attention to these reasons that will convince you why it’s better to leave things as they are (or, simply trim them back a bit).
Your skin suffers
Getting rid of pubic hair irritates and inflames hair follicles, leaving open wounds (that aren’t seen by the naked eye). Constant shaving also causes painful ingrown hairs, or burns if using wax, or even just cuts if using a blade.
Accelerates bacteria proliferation
Wax hair removal is one of the most dangerous systems for the pubic region. It causes redness and weakens the pores.
When this is combined with the moisture and temperature from that region, it becomes a stew pot for cultivating bacteria and group A streptococcus. And if you don’t have any hair, there’s nothing to prevent it from entering your body!
Greater chance of contracting herpes
Several studies show that completely shaved women are more prone to contracting genital herpes. When they shave and create wounds on the skin, they are exposing the body to the virus that causes this sexually transmitted disease.
More HPV cases
The Human Papiloma Virus has spread quickly. Doctors confirm that this diseases is, in most cases, transmitted without the individual even knowing (because there are no automatic symptoms), or because a lack of information. Adults who shave are considerably increasing their possibility of infection.
Fashion is just fashion
Many women like to get rid of their pubic hair. But you don’t need to do this just because it’s in fashion or because you think that just because others do it, you should too.
If you don’t feel comfortable, or if it hurts you too much, it’s best to leave it as it is.
Pay attention to skin diseases
Psoriasis or eczema can be aggravated by shaving. If you have these skin conditions, it’s best to see a doctor to know the recommendable way to remove your hair.
If you don’t, you could aggravate the situation and experience a lot of discomfort and pain because of it.
Shaving is not more hygienic
This is one of the most widespread myths out there, and it makes more and more women want to completely shave their pubic hair. Bad odor has nothing to do with the amount of genital hair, but rather with personal hygiene.
It is not an aphrodisiac!
It’s true, a lot of women feel more confident when shaved, and thus have better sex. But intimate satisfaction goes beyond the amount of hair you have.
It also depends on the couple. A lot of guys like it when women shave completely, but there are also a lot of guys that prefer it natural, with all their attributes intact.
Advice for shaved genitals
If nothing that you have previously read that convinced you to stop removing your pubic hair, it’s because you feel more comfortable without it… not a problem! But if that’s so, we recommend a few good habits to make sure that this decision causes the least amount of consequences as possible.
Shave little by little
If you’ve never shaved your pubic hair before, it’s best to start little by little. This way you will experience less pain or side effects. Start by cutting the hair with scissors, and then shave or wax.
Think about how YOU feel
You may have decided to completely shave because your partner asked you to, you’re going on vacation, or you want to try something new. Compare the way you feel with how you felt when you had hair.
Pay attention to irritation
It doesn’t matter which method you’ve chosen to remove your pubic hair. Do not brush off the effects it has on your skin. If it turns red, burns, or is uncomfortable, use a good moisturizer.
Check to see if you have ingrown hairs.
Throw out certain material like lycra. You also shouldn’t use tight clothing (including pants). Wear skirts or loose dresses, and be careful when wearing a bikini.
Don’t sunbathe that area
You may have completely shaved because you have a tiny bathing suit, or summer has kicked in. It’s not good, however, to sunbathe the first few days after shaving or waxing.
Prevent irritation and redness with a high SPF cream.