Many of us have been taught pubic hair is gross, dirty or unhygienic. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Pubic hair has a very important role to play in our health and well-being believe it or not. Societal pressure, shame, the obsession with ‘ideal beauty standards’, and the encouragement of body hair removal -specifically for people with a vulva- has become so normalised that most people don’t even question it. In recent years, there’s been a shift and a lot more people have decided to stop shaving or removing their armpit hair and to just let it grow out naturally. This has extended to pubic hair too!
Whether or not you choose to remove your pubic hair, the choice should be yours alone. It shouldn’t be because of societal pressure, or because it’s seen as ‘acceptable or normal’, and it most definitely should not be because of pressure from your sexual partner(s). If it’s truly something you want to remove, groom or grow naturally the choice should ALWAYS be YOURS. Here are three benefits to having pubic hair:
1. Reduces friction:
Pubic hair creates a layer over the genitalia which helps to reduce chafing or any type of friction during sex. It also reduces friction against clothing and other material that your genitalia might come across.
2. It’s a protective barrier:
It helps to prevents bacteria, fungus and other diseases like STI’s from spreading and coming into contact with your genitalia. The skin around and outside your genitalia (especially if you have a vulva) is extremely sensitive and delicate, so your pubic hair plays an important role in protecting it from any form of injury or pressure. It also helps to regulate the temperature of your genitalia.
3. It helps to diffuse pheromones:
Pheromones is a name used to describe different odours that our body releases. It’s unique to our specific DNA and will be different for everyone. Pheromones help to attract sexual partners, and can be released through sweat, vaginal secretions, breath and saliva. Pubic hair helps to diffuse and emit these pheromones.