In the age of cunnilingus and fellatio, pubic hair is an eyesore and thus many people are ditching the bush for a bald spot.
However, health experts are warning people against ditching the bush as the pubic hair serves a purpose on our bodies.
One of the functions of the pubic hair is to protect your vagina from harmful bacteria, dust, and infection meaning that shaving exposes your delicate vagina to bacteria, dust and infections.
Pubic hair also protects the vagina from friction during sexual intercourse and prevents your vaginal folds from sticking together.
“Vaginas are made of a mucous membrane, a type of skin that is more delicate than that on the rest of your body. Your pubes are there to cushion and protect your vagina from everything the world throws at it — d*cks, other vaginas, sex toys, bacteria, viruses, you name it. Pubic hair helps ensure that your vaginal folds don’t stick together, which can result in rash and infection. It also protects your vagina from friction during sexual activity. As if that all weren’t enough, the hair also acts as a natural barrier, preventing potentially harmful bacteria from entering your p*ssy,” explains an excerpt from bustle.com.
Shaving and waxing can cause irritation as the methods of hair removal are harsh to the delicate skin of the vulva. Some methods of waxing are not only painful but can also tear the skin.
This leaves our p**sy skin exposed to bacteria as the epidermal abrasions create an opening for the microscopic organisms into the body. What’s more, the waxing process causes inflammation which leaves the bacteria stuck beneath the skin.
In addition, shaving and waxing can leave you with infected hair follicles and ingrown hairs which we all know are not fun.
“Anytime you compromise the integrity of the skin, you’re going to increase your risk of infection,” Linda K. Franks, M. D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine explained to Women’s Health Magazine.