The Pros and Cons of Shaving Pubic Hair for Women: Don't Lose the Pubes

Women have pubic hair for a reason. The coarse texture is meant to trap dirt and bacteria, and keep it out of her vagina. Many people believe that because of this, the hair gets dirty and gross and should be removed to maintain personal hygiene. However, consider this: if there's no hair for all that dirt and bacteria to get trapped in, it can get inside her vagina and cause infections. What's worse, hair or an infection?

It has also been said that pubic hair forms an air pocket to keep the area cool. Without that air pocket, that area can get sweaty, a perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria.

Shaving the pubic area has its own risks. That area can get dirty and full of bacteria, and if there's a nick or cut, than that cut is likely to get infected. Ingrown hairs are infections on their own, and they're very uncomfortable. The skin down there is very sensitive, and prone to razor burn, which is never pleasant. Neither is stubble, which is worse there than it is on the legs or even armpits. Waxing is safer, but if not done properly can cause an infection. There have also been stories of waxing parlors using unsanitary equipment!

Another purpose of pubic hair is to give off pheromones, which are supposed to help a woman attract a mate. Sex can feel a little lacking without those natural pheromones, even if there's no hair down there.

Because of the health risks, some women decide to trim. Trimming does have benefits, it can make oral sex easier, and can make menstruation a little neater, but it's not as risky to her health. This can be a good compromise for many couples who find themselves in conflict over something to simple as shaving.

To many women, their pubic hair is what separates them from the girls. It's womanly, mature, and natural. What the goddess gave her. It should be her decision whether to shave it, wax it, trim it, or leave it be. It's her health, and that's more important than her partner's sexual pleasure.

A shaved pubic region may be sexually appealing to a man, but to a woman is means a number of health risks. Women can choose to shave if they want, but they should know the risks involved. Men should know these risks as well, and should never pressure women to shave down there. Women should never be made to feel as though they need to put their man before their health.

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  • machor-jojo 9/9/2013

    bald #$%$ is for kids not grown ups. only lazy women shave n don't realaize their #$%$ does not stand out between their leggs

  • joe 8/30/2013

    If pubes hold onto bacteria so that it doesn't hit the genitals, then how come a partner doesn't get infected from the pubes? Or they do? An STI is an STI - whether you have it, or you're just a carrier (FYI, being a carrier is just as bad as having it; the only one benefiting here is you).

    "who find themselves in conflict over something to simple as shaving."

    Sex is a finicky thing. You think this is simple and silly? Rule 34.

    "It's her health, and that's more important than her partner's sexual pleasure."

    It's also up to her what she feels is more important. Ha, a little word play, right?

    You're free to do what you like. It's important that you do this, because you'll like it. Tricky subtle contradictions...

    MORE ON INFECTION: Why protect yourself? It builds the immune system.

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    IMHO, the only reason pubes exist is to act as a cushion against the weather, abrasian and minor bumps. 1000 years ago, people were often naked.

  • joe 8/30/2013

    "Without that air pocket, that area can get sweaty, a perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria."

    That's why you shower frequently, ladies. Protip - Only shave while showering.

    "and if there's a nick or cut, than that cut is likely to get infected. I"

    Wow, it's almost like any other area that gets cut!

    "The skin down there is very sensitive, and prone to razor burn, which is never pleasant. "

    It goes away over time with repeated shaves.

    Continued in part 2.
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    And now, onto comments!

    "Women shouldn't shave :/ Not only is it risky to our health, it makes us look like children down there and I'd rather my partner think I'm maturing rather than my partner thinking he's making love to a child."

    That's a little dumb. Isn't a better idea to prove you're an adult with your intellect?

    "if you became single right now men wouldn't touch you with a ten foot pole! just sayin..."

    That's a little mean. I have my preferences, as do other men.

  • Yoana 6/3/2013

    Shave!!!

  • Stephanie 3/1/2013

    i have discussed shaving with my gyno who has told me its perfectly ok to shave and also it cuts down on a smelly and unsanitary vaginal area and yes it makes me feel sexy and men love it.. I guess you guys are just prudes and don't think of yourselves as sexual. Get a grip it's no longer the 1800's and if you became single right now men wouldn't touch you with a ten foot pole! just sayin...

  • Abbi 2/7/2013

    Women shouldn't shave :/ Not only is it risky to our health, it makes us look like children down there and I'd rather my partner think I'm maturing rather than my partner thinking he's making love to a child.

  • Robert 8/1/2012

    You would only shave, I imagine, if you expected the area to be seen.

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