Public shaving actually originated in ancient Egypt and Greece, when prostitutes had to shave their heads for hygiene reasons and as a sign of their profession. Although female body shaving became the norm between 1915 and 1945, it wasn’t until the 1980s that pubic hair removal really gained a strong foothold.
However, a new study found that 60% of women experienced at least one health complication from pubic hair removal, most commonly epidermal abrasions (invisible skin cuts) and ingrown hairs. It also causes severe skin irritation and infection, and older studies show it increases the spread and transmission of STDs.
These are the real reasons not to remove pubic hair.
Pubic hair helps regulate body temperature.
We all know that hair helps regulate body temperature, but how exactly? Hair follicles help sweat.
Each hair follicle has a sebaceous gland that secretes oil into the hair, which then reaches the surface of the skin. As this oil evaporates, it cools the skin due to latent heat.
Hair protects you.
Hair protects you from diseases and skin problems. In addition to other protections, it prevents foreign particles such as dust and pathogenic bacteria from entering your body.
Pubic hair contains pheromones.
Scientists believe that pubic hair stores secretions called pheromones. This is what attracts us to each other. When you sweat, your body releases more pheromones, and these secretions remain in your pubic hair.
There is a high risk of genital inflammation.
The genitals are located near or near the private area. Warts appear as bumps or growths. They tend to be white or flesh-colored. In most cases, a person with genital warts does not know that they have the disease. If you remove your pubic hair, you are at a higher risk of developing genital warts.
You are more likely to get a shellfish infection (a viral infection).
Shaving or waxing your hair increases the risk of contracting the virus. Hairless genitalia can open up the door to sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, with beard hair being the strongest link, according to research. Infections are easily spread by molluscs, and the virus is thought to be self-inflicted from scratching skin that has been traumatized by shaving.
It causes skin problems in your private area.
Pubic hair removal can irritate hair follicles and leave microscopic open wounds. Regular hair removal is necessary to keep it smooth, which can cause constant irritation to shaved or waxed areas. Most doctors say it’s not uncommon to develop boils, abscesses, and cellulitis, or scrotal infections, from shaving. These skin problems are more unpleasant than other parts of the body because they are in the private parts.
Hair removal is more dangerous for overweight women.
New American research has found that women who are overweight or obese are twice as likely to develop complications, and three times more likely to have problems if they have all their hair removed, because the skin is closer together for larger women.
Even if these risks are identified, it is entirely a matter of personal preference – you need to be aware of the risks. Some cultures have been doing this for centuries. If you’re worried about an infection, go see a doctor, otherwise there’s no need to talk to your GP.”