3. Shaving your pubic hair wasn’t common until the early 1900s
These days, it’s not uncommon to see waxing salons, razors, and even creams dedicated to removing pubic hair. But did you know that up until the early 1900s, shaving your pubic hair wasn’t really that common2? Historically, sex workers in Ancient Egypt also shaved their pubic hair. However, this has more to do with their hygiene, and to show their profession.
In modern times, Gillette, the razor manufacturer, marketed the first razor for women in 1915, and sent a message that hairs on a woman’s body were unsightly. The popularity of bikinis in the 1940s also added to the shaving phenomenon, as having your pubic hair show while wearing a bikini was deemed unsightly.
These days, most of the reasons for shaving pubic hair mostly have to do with aesthetics as having pubic hair might be considered unhygienic or undesirable.
4. Shaving your pubic hair could increase your risk of developing STIs
Here’s one of the most interesting facts about pubic hair: shaving it could increase your risk of STIs or sexually transmitted infections3. This is because shaving can irritate the skin, or cause small abrasions. These abrasions can make it easier for viruses or bacteria to infect your body and cause disease.
Certain shaving products can also cause dermatitis, and regular shaving can cause ingrown hairs, genital itching, and rashes.