Hair growing out of your skin is 100% natural, even at that, we tend to treat the pubic hair as a foreign addition to our body.
In a recent study, which examined 3,316 women, 84 percent remove their pubic hair. Some give their genital hair-do a trim while 62 percent removed it completely otherwise referred to as the Barbie look.
We have the liberty to do as we please, but not all women can be the same, right? Not everyone can walk bald. Here are a few tips on why you should care.
This is why you need to stop shaving your pubic hair
The interesting stats in the study above shows helps to focus on the 59 percent of women that groomed their pubic hair for hygienic reasons. It means the women felt that keeping the pubic hair is dirty and hence consider getting rid of it as the best option.
In reality, your pubic hair has a purpose – the health of your genitals. Your hair can protect you from harmful bacteria and dirt, which will be discussed shortly. The skin around the pubic region is delicate, and this is what your pubic hair is meant to protect. If you regularly remove your pubic hair – because it looks nice. Maybe it is time you reconsider.
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You’ll avoid infections
The pubic hair protects your vagina from microbes. Although some think removing it is hygienic, medical research has shown the opposite is true. Now consider your beautiful little bush as a barrier which helps reduce contact with viruses, bacteria, and dirt.
Not only are you reducing the incident of common complications which includes yeast infections when you stop shaving but you also reduce your chances of getting STIs. Are you ready for this?
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, reports that women who engage in frequent removal of their pubic hair stand 80 percent risk of developing STI. As expected, the rate of removing pubic hair is high in both male and female – an occurrence the researchers blame on shifting norms due to mainstream media.
The study adjusted for age and the number of sexual partners and reports those who frequently shave as well as those who do same at least 11 times annually experienced an increase in STI risk by 3.5 – 4 fold. Which included human papillomavirus and herpes.
You’ll avoid painful ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs are irritating and painful. You cannot but experience one or two irritated bumps if you regularly shave your pubic hair. If you experience ingrown this could be why:
You wax too often: If you like to wax and not shave, then you will experience ingrown hairs and increased irritation. If you visit the salon before your hairs are ¼ inch long, then the wax will not have enough hairs to hold onto properly and this can lead to hair breakage instead from being pulled from the root. Hence – ingrown hairs.
You are not shaving properly: just like you shave your legs, there is also a suitable method to shave your down there.
First, do not shave dry. Apply organic or natural moisturizing cream if you must shave. When you do this it will not only prevent small cuts, but reduces the risk of infection. Also, when you shave in the direction of your hair’s natural growth, you will be reducing the risk of trapped hairs under your skin.
You’re not waiting long enough: 24 hours after the removal of your hair, be it by waxing or shaving, your skin pores are open and susceptible to infection. Since the skin is sensitive to heat and friction, it is advised that you don’t swim, exercise, or take a hot shower including any other activities that can irritate your skin.
It helps regulate temperature
Body hairs including the pubic hair help regulate your body temperature. Each hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland that releases oils. When these oils reach the skin evaporation and cooling occurs. This also holds true when your body tries to retain heat, the hairs trap warm air
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You’ll avoid injury
The moment you place a razor anywhere in your pubic region, you significantly increase the risk of injury. A study carried out in 2012, discovers that three percent of cases in the emergency room was associated with genital or urinary injuries. 83 percent were razor-related injuries showing the number of grooming practices gone wrong.
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The stats from past related incidents shows genital injuries have increased five times over the past ten years due to grooming accidents. The stats show that between the year 2002 and 2010, there was a 247 increase in grooming accidents yearly. Which translate to, by 2010, there were 2,500 incidents annually.
As earlier stated, razors are the leading cause of injuries. The most reported was a laceration, which was at 36%. which was evenly distributed between males and females. About 56.7% of the injuries were from women, and usually, it is the external female genitalia that is always injured.
You’ll save money
During my college years, some of my friends were broke and could barely buy groceries, yet creatively found enough money to have their woo-hoo’s waxed. A researcher studied the shaving habit of American women and concluded that over $10,000 was spent on hair removal services and products and over a lifetime.
Yes, you read that right! Thousands of dollars are spent to remove pubic hairs that are meant to be there. An average woman will remove unwanted body hairs for 53.6 years on the average over a lifetime – a woman, therefore, spends more than 58.4 days removing hair from her body.
The price tag for waxing has increased to over $23,000 over a lifetime. Though you could say shaving is cheaper, when it comes to your pubic hair do not go for low quality, cheap razors. Shaving will weaken your natural defense system and increase the risk of injuries.
You’ll avoid infected abscesses
Shaving often leads to ingrown hairs, which increase the risk of abscesses (a condition where your body tissue accumulate pus). Shaving increases the risk of inflammation, swelling, and infection, as bacteria can gain access to your body through your hair follicles.
Individuals often visit health advisers for medical advice when plaque with this condition. And as you know, antibiotics will be prescribed which can lead to antibiotic resistance. Also, it will wipe all the body good bacteria – those responsible for good gut health and your overall wellbeing.
Next time you consider clearing your “down below,” ask yourself this big question: Why? Do you really need to spend money and time at the expense of your health? Just to be neater down there? There is nothing wrong with going “au naturel” – why not give it a try!