Don’t touch it: Why to keep your pubic hair

Going bald down-there has been a trend for a while now, but shaving pubic hair only removes a cushion against friction and leaves microscopic, open wounds that expose you to infections. In short, pubic hair has a specific job to do so you should stop shaving it and leave it alone.

We all know someone who has undergone hair removal, or perhaps have done so ourselves. Over the last decade, the genital hair removal industry has blossomed. While some theories suggest it’s due to cultural trends like the bikini and thong, others say it’s a desire to return to childhood, or even a misguided attempt at hygiene.

Removing pubic hair irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving those microscopic wounds we were just talking about. Regular removal is required to keep the area smooth, thus causing regular irritation to the area.

A long time ago, surgeons actually found that shaving a body part before surgery increased the chance of surgical site infections. It did matter what was used, hair always grows back and it eventually wins. What suffers is your skin.

Irritation combined with the warm and moist environment of genitals becomes a breeding ground for some of the most disgusting bacterial pathogens. There is also an increase in staph boils and abscesses, which need to be drained to avoid infection that can cause significant scarring.

You can also contract these from your partner’s skin if they shave their genitals and makes you more vulnerable to the spread of other STIs. Pubic hair has a purpose, it’s a cushion against many different and some disgusting things. It’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about, it should stay where it belongs.