Is It Bad To Shave Pubic Hair?


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Could be. Shaving can put you at a higher risk of genital warts as it can reduce skin on skin contact with someone who may have it. It also causes skin problems by irritating the skin and causing skin inflammation. It makes you prone to viral infections. Pubic hair also protects you from dust and bacteria entering your body. It controls your body temperature.

Pubic hair shaving originated in ancient Egypt and Greece for hygienic reasons. Pubic hair removal has a lot to do with cultural and society trends. The influence comes from cinematic trends, or just the desire to return to childhood. However, a lot of studies and research points out that shaving pubic hair is not very healthy.  Let’s have a look at this practice and how it can affect your health.

Is Shaving Pubic Area Bad?

Pubic Hair Actually Protects You

Pubic hair is there for a reason, it protects you. It prevents foreign particles like dust and bacteria from entering your body. When you shave pubic hair, you tend to be more prone to infections. Shaving pubic hair makes you more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections as well.

Shaving Pubic Hair Puts You At Higher Risk For Genital Warts

Genital warts are warts located on and around the genital areas. They may appear or bumps or growths, may be few or multiple, raised or flat, whitish or skin coloured. Sometimes it may not even be visible. When you shave, you are at a higher risk at getting genital warts. Pubic hair might not completely prevent genital warts but it reduces skin on skin contact with someone who may have it.

Shaving Pubic Hair May Cause Skin Problems

When you shave your pubic hair, it may irritate the skin resulting in skin inflammation. This may leave microscopic open wounds. It may also cause boils and abscesses on your genitals. Frequent hair removal is required to keep your skin smooth, which may result in regular irritation. This region is moist, and when combined with irritation it becomes a culture medium for bacterial pathogens.

[Read: Should You Detox Your Vagina From Cosmetic Chemicals?]

Pubic Hair Actually Controls Your Body Temperature

There is a sebaceous gland on each hair follicle which releases oils onto the hair, which allows the oils to go up to the skins surface. When the oil evaporates, it cools the skin. So, it can be really important in regulating your body temperature.

Shaving Pubic Hair Can Make You More Prone To Viral Infections

Shaving pubic hair can make you more prone to catching molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum contagiosum is spread easily, and the researchers suggested the virus may have spread primarily through self-infection caused by scratching skin irritated by shaving.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Kathleen Staub Ramsett
Kathleen Staub Ramsett 5pts

Of course it isn't healthy. Get a nick one time. I have lost most of my pubic hair thanks to menopause.

Toni Contardi
Toni Contardi 5pts

Yeah alright less of the graphics. You wouldn't if you read it

Toni Contardi
Toni Contardi 5pts

You need to read it. It's exactly what I told you. Very bad for you

Ses2015 5pts

I used to do it. No harm so far

Viaa Vi Viaajian
Viaa Vi Viaajian 5pts

What a bullshit sorry.... Seriously ? Did anyone check how many bacterias are on hairless armpits and pubic area compared to hairy ? I think the smell can be the easiest indicator.... And why talk about shaving or wax? It's 21st century ppl, use lazer epilation and forget about hair and painful shaving forever. And after all, it's simple hygiene ... Come on...

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

This is a hair raising story . How can one be allergic to one's hair?

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

The results aren't out yet . They're still busy with the research .

Grisell Jimenez-Alves
Grisell Jimenez-Alves 5pts

Body temp is cotrol by the hypothalamus not the hair. Hair protects and makes you look funny when it grows in unexpected places. \U0001f61c

Janicexian Giron
Janicexian Giron 5pts

mines was shaved by my husband,now that he is in another country i just trim it.for hygienic reason.i hate it when i have the red flag and sometimes it get mess with the hair.so have to trim it.

Mandar Petrochemwala
Mandar Petrochemwala 5pts

Why is it that some people are hairy in and around pubic / armpits / chest.....area and some are not ? If it was natural then should have been present or absent in all humanbeing..... males or female.

Nikki Line
Nikki Line 5pts

Can't even make a joke then too it seems! It's a funny topic, or should I say fanny! Haha!

Kisifrot Sipik
Kisifrot Sipik 5pts

Not true Tausif Ansari... Here in the Dominican Republic men and women shave the whole body.

Pam Stoner
Pam Stoner 5pts

I guess it depends on the person I personally like mine bare I hate to sweat ,I hate the hair ,plus I like clean

Nikki Line
Nikki Line 5pts

For gods sake what ever next! Can't even shave my pubes without a bloody lecture! Lol \U0001f62d

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

Didn't know that it is an antibacterial filter... Thanks for information

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

The only reason was that God ran short of Gillette's .

Safari Ki
Safari Ki 5pts

I think it's aesthetic... Never had a problem until I saw grey.. Then it started reminding me of my grandma... Naw chile,..gotta shave

Amber Zeeb-Essen
Amber Zeeb-Essen 5pts

Healthy or not - I am not a fan of native vag. I keep it trimmed! My husband would agree.

Laura Smock
Laura Smock 5pts

I was told pubic hair keeps germs out of the vagina.. I shave it anyway.. but had an OB tell me that years ago

Ricardo Siachongco
Ricardo Siachongco 5pts

pubic and armpit hair naturally grow for a reason,its balance the the body temperature

Kelly Capowski
Kelly Capowski 5pts

No it's not! It's not unclean nor unsanitary! As long as you bathe. Shaving that area has no merit other than personal preference.... Your hair was put there for a reason ....

Anthony Woo
Anthony Woo 5pts

I think most men likes women that is neat and clean looking down there. The jungle look seems unsanitary.

Ozcan Houssein
Ozcan Houssein 5pts

Yes shaving or waxing is healthy and hygienic, unless you want to smell down there. Remember every time your running around busy sweating away, or go loo you leave a smell on un shaven or un waxed pubic hair. Sorry just saying I mean clean the button half at least if not your pubic bone

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

Yes. It's a part of cleanliness. Keeps skin dry and free of infections.

Hajrah Ally
Hajrah Ally 5pts

Yes shaving pubic is a very healthy I have been doing it for the past 40 years without an hassles an infection it's worked for me

Deep Raj
Deep Raj 5pts

do i neet to tel yu again both man n woman has same issue so they both hve point of view to comment be broad minded

Nick Howe
Nick Howe 5pts

Thanks for the gory details \U0001f616

Candice Maria Simpson
Candice Maria Simpson 5pts

Farhana Syed thank u for answering question. So I've never dead karan think it was in a movie (not without my daughter) that they looked at American woman oddly because she bathed daily their response was "only bathe before sex" good to know that as only a movie line not reality. Live and learn, thanks.