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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.