Women should stop shaving their pubic hair, gynecologist warns

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Women should stop shaving their pubic hair, gynecologist warns

A gynaecologist has warned against waxing or shaving pubic hairs because it can cause “microscopic trauma” that can lead to infections or reduces sexual urge and “au naturel” is necessary to protect the skin by acting as a barrier against the external infections, it can actually protect you from dirt and bacteria

The gynaecologist added she sees women with cuts, grazes and even infections when hair removal goes shaving too often

But Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), asked more than 3,300 women about their downstairs grooming of which, 83.8% claimed to wax or shave their pubic hair, with just 16.2% leaving it intact.

“Hygiene” was the most commonly reported reason (59%) for women removing their hair. But Dr Gunter warns waxing or shaving – may do more harm than good. “You are causing microscopic trauma to the skin,” she told the BBC.

“Pubic hair has a function, it is probably a mechanical barrier and protection for the skin,” she said. “It may also have a role in sexual functioning because each pubic hair is attached to a nerve ending, that’s why it hurts to remove it.”

Why do we have pubic hair? The role of pubic hair is not fully understood. Most experts think it is involved in the release of pheromones, chemicals that trigger arousal.

Pheromones are thought to be “get trapped in pubic hair when glands release an odourless secretion on the skin that combines with bacteria decomposed by the secretion of (other) glands”, according to an expert from Columbia University in New York.

This produces a scent that varies from person-to-person. Some studies suggest women are attracted to pheromones that differ significantly from their own because it suggests genetic diversity, the expert added.

Other theories as to pubic hair’s purpose include warmth or helping the vagina stay “clean”. “Pubic hair prevents dirt and particles from entering the vagina,” the Columbian scientist reported.

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