These days, both men and women seem to prefer to be hairless down there. However, there are stories that women should leave their pubic hair alone. After all, our body parts each have a purpose, including the hair there.

The main purpose of the pubic hair is to act as a cushion, so abrasion-causing friction is prevented. Also, it provides protection, so that bacteria do not get too close to the private part of the body.

But most people now prefer removing the pubic hair, because they believe this is one way to be hygienic despite the known protection it can provide. There are even several methods of de-fuzzing, including using an electric shaver, wax, tweezers, razor, depilatories, and even electrolysis. No matter what type of method is used, it can cause irritation and oftentimes, microscopic skin tears that can provide an entryway for infection.

Why It’s Time to Stop Shaving

Shaving can cause your skin to become inflamed or irritated and have an open wound. Add to that is the fact that the environment around the genitals is warm and moist. Together, it can become an enjoyable culture for disgusting bacterial pathogens, which may include:

  • Streptococcus
  • Methicillin resistant staph aureus or MRSA
  • Staphylococcus
  • Herpes infections for freshly shaven pubic area

This does not mean though that you can’t protect yourself against these pathogens. Shaving from time to time, especially with care can prevent such problems when you take the necessary precautions:

1. Professional Hair Removal

If you prefer to be hairless down there, it is recommended that you visit a professional who works at a reputable place. This way, you can rest assured that you will get a healthy service and the technician knows just what to do.

2. DIY

If you are more of a DIY person, the best way to avoid skin problems is to stop using abrasive fabrics that can cause irritation right after waxing or shaving. You should also stop going commando as this can actually increase the risk for irritation.

3. Sex

Hairy can actually be good / Picture: bustle
Hairy can actually be good / Picture: bustle

It is a good rule of thumb that you need to wait one to two days before you hook up with a guy. This rule applies to both DIY and professional hair removal. Tiny nicks get a chance to go away during the break, which leaves you to less chance of developing an infection.

Even with the risks mentioned, it is still your personal choice whether to go bare or not. What’s important is that you understand that there are risks and you should know what to do to avoid problems.