A modern woman strives for beauty and in 2018 that is a smooth and hairless skin. This is the reason why many women shave, wax and/or use laser hair removal on their legs, armpits, bikini lines, toes and sometimes even their arms. Research shows that most people, both men and women, shave in order to feel more handsome and attractive. Nevertheless, gynaecologists caution women not to shave off all the hair in their bikini area.
I think it’s safe to say that shaving the armpits, legs and bikini line is a regular beauty ritual of every woman. No matter how you remove these hairs: it’s always a sacrifice due to, for example, the ingrown hairs or the cuts. Although this is all quite normal, more and more doctors emphasise that the natural hair cover is extremely important for maintaining good health. In fact, it is a protective barrier that women should leave alone! The reason why?
1. Protects against germs.
Pubic hair protects the skin from various germs. Thick underwear, tight clothing, but also high humidity and insufficient ventilation often make the hair grow (back) faster.
2. Protects against minor injuries.
Virtually no one knows that the skin in and around the bikini zone is extremely fragile and sensitive. This is another reason why the skin is so sensitive to irritations. By shaving the hair away with a blade, you risk small cuts and these cuts heal less quickly than cuts on the finger or other places. By not removing the pubic hair, you prevent ingrown hairs and, therefore, also local inflammations.
3. Decreases the chance of STDs.
Experts believe that the chance of certain sexually transmitted diseases (such as chlamydia, herpes and gonorrhoea) is much greater for women without pubic hair. This is because more friction occurs during sex, causing micro-damage to the skin. Warning! Pubic hair does not protect you 100% against STDs, but it is an extra safety measure.
4. Gives a cleaner feeling.
Although most women believe that a smooth and hairless bikini line gives a fresh and clean feeling, the opposite is actually true. The pubic hair prevents germs and bacteria from entering the body through the vagina. This means that pubic hair helps to keep the vagina balanced (correct pH levels, neutral smell, etc.)
5. Protects against the cold.
It may sound a little strange, but pubic hair will keep your privates from getting cold during low temperatures. The health of the reproductive organs is very fragile and low temperatures can lead to inflammation, and no one wants that!