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Pubes: yes or no? The trend for going completely bare in your nether regions has waned in recent years, with style icons like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz speaking publicly in support of the big bush.
Pubic hair might be back with the A list, but the majority of women still choose some sort of hair removal. A study published in 2014 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found 87 per cent of women aged between 16-40 removed some or all of their pubic hair on a regular basis.
But is it actually a good idea to go totally hairless? Judging by the below reasons, probably not.
It Causes Unsightly Skin Problems
The argument for hair removal has often been that it looks a bit neater, but more often than not, taking it off leaves you with red, sore skin. The 2014 study found 60% of the women who regularly got rid of some or all pubic hair had experienced at least one health complication as a result. Common problems reported were things like ingrowing hairs or “epidermal abrasion” (doctor speak for shaving rash).
Getting Rid Means More Chance Of A Problem
The 2014 study showed that the women who removed all their hair were more likely to report complications like rashes, ingrowing hairs and cuts to the delicate skin in that region. Ouch!
There’s A Chance Of More Serious Complications, Too
Not a big one, but studies have linked hair removal to a increased risk of sexually transmitted infections. A 2012 study suggested that infections were more common in women with cuts or lesions on the area as a result of shaving or waxing. And a case in Australia in 2007 of a woman who’d suffered a serious infection after a Brazillian wax suggested that people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes might be more at risk of serious side effects.
The Hair Is There For A Reason
Pubic hair has a functional purpose for us evolved human beings. Like our brows and lashes are designed to keep dirty out of our eyes, the hair down there helps to keep bacteria and other unwanted nasties away from the vagina. It also helps to cushion the skin from friction of clothes.
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