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YOUR PUBIC HAIR AND SEXUAL WELLNESS: DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

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Written by Kris Ero

Pubic hair is not usually a common area to broach when it comes to sexual wellness discussions, very rarely do you get conversations surrounding the role it plays, if any. But, as it turns out, several studies are available on the matter online; which emphasizes that it actually is a concern for most people.

Even though in modern times, it appears to be more common in America and Europe, there is an increase in Nigerian women and men who desire to have a wax or a shave, mostly for a cleaner look especially in certain bikinis and also to satisfy certain inclinations.

So, in as much as we worry about fresh breath, lingerie, body odour and STIs when it comes to sexual wellness…the state of your pubes obviously should be on the list.

FIRST, WHAT IS PUBIC HAIR?

Well, according to Wikipedia, “it is terminal body hair that is found in the genital area of adolescent and adult humans. The hair is located on and around the sex organs and sometimes at the top of the inside of the thighs. In the pubic region around the pubis bone, it is known as a pubic patch and is found on the scrotum in the male and on the vulva in the female. Although fine vellus hair is present in the area in childhood, pubic hair is considered to be the heavier, longer and coarser hair that develops during puberty as an effect of rising levels of androgens in males and estrogens in females. It differs from other hair on the body and is a secondary sex characteristic.”

Pubic hair acts as a sign of sexual maturity and its purpose may be to help keep our very important private parts safe and warm from bacteria and the elements.

Whatever one’s personal reason, or whatever the side of the divide you are on, here are some benefits you probably did not know about keeping  your pubes;

  1. It helps to regulate your body temperature
  2. It releases and traps the pheromones scent for sexual and partner attractiveness
  3. It reduces sweat
  4. It boosts sensation
  5. It reduces chances of STIs
  6. It reduces the incidence of yeast infections
  7. It protects against bacteria and other unwanted pathogens
  8. It provides a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury from activities such as sex, bicycling, and other forms of exercise that put pressure on your vagina,

SO WHY NO PUBIC HAIR?

So many reasons are responsible for people wanting to get a removal and none is attributed to any medical reason. They are mostly based on personal tastes often fuelled by the pervading culture of porn stars, modeling of undergarments as well as sexual orientations. Another reason is that of embarrassment. So much so that the genital hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their speciality services to those seeking the “clean and bare” look, is booming.

Beyond business looking good for the industry, what other pros are associated with shaving and does it really boost sexual enjoyment?

Well shaving does indeed help a woman learn to know and like her genitals more as everything is left bare. But other than this, nothing has proven beyond reasonable doubt that it does boost sexual performance.

Nevertheless, there are proven cons attributed to pubic hair removal;

  1. It naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds
  2. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair-follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.
  3. It causes cellulitis (soft-tissue bacterial infection without abscess) of the scrotum, labia and penis as a result of spread of bacteria from shaving or from sexual contact with strep or staph bacteria from a partner’s skin
  4. Some clinicians are finding that freshly shaved pubic areas and genitals are also more vulnerable to herpes infections due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to viruses carried by mouth or genitals. It follows that there may be vulnerability to spread of other STIs as well.

image from daily mail.co.uk

Yes, granted, some of these cons might sound a bit extreme, but they do happen. Which begs the question…Is the removal for whatever reason worth the risk of any of the afore-listed cons?

Obviously, pubic hair is a natural occurrence for everyone, just like head hair; and is nothing to be ashamed of. Even though, a lot of women tend to be quite embarrassed about theirs, moreso than men; and some men and women are under pressure by their various partners to go bare.

One sure thing is that there are no adverse effects to leaving your pubes au naturel.

Though a word of caution to those with a full bush of hair…a trim on a regular basis is worth considering because keeping it clean during menstruation, for example, and maintaining hygiene with exercise might be a bit tricky. So hygienic attention with soap and water is vital. A very important con though to letting it all grow without trimming is the risk of urine and odor build-up.

Bottom-line, the absence of pubic hair does not a better sex experience make. What would work however, are the simple things such as connecting intimately, learning about each other’s bodies, likes, dislikes, preferences, and practicing different techniques (which can actually be quite fun!) 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/07/pubic-hair-has-job-stop-shaving

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-pleasures-sex/201203/what-pubic-hair-its-removal-has-do-better-sex

About the author

Kris Ero

As a Child and Family Wellness Advocate, known as The WellnessJunkie; she is the founder of WellBabyNG, host of the WellBaby Radio show, convener of the WellBaby Wellness Train and Family Wellness Masterclass; she is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Wellness Magazine.

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