Read on to learn more about pubic hair, and to learn some important tips to shave it safely and properly.
Should you or should you not shave your pubic hair?
Pubic hair is hair that’s found around the genitals. Everyone has pubic hair, and it doesn’t really pose any problems if you just let it grow out. In fact, one theory is that pubic hair can help reduce friction during intercourse. Pubic hair essentially acts as a buffer to reduce friction; so instead of skin rubbing on skin, it’s hair rubbing on hair.
Shaving your pubic hair can cause problems, especially if you don’t do it the right way. It can sometimes lead to cuts, irritation, ingrown hairs, or even an infection1. Sometimes, you can even get burns if you use products, such as shaving cream, that your skin is sensitive to.
But at the end of the day, it’s still a personal choice. It’s perfectly fine to shave your pubic hair, but it’s important to be aware of the possible risks of doing so. Certain folks find that shaved pubic hair makes it easier for them to clean their genitals. Having no hair also removes the risk of having pubic lice, since there’s no hair for the lice to latch onto.
Some people also mistakenly believe that pubic hair grows thicker once you shave it. This is a myth, as the hair that grows back is the same as the hair that you’ve shaved off.