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Remember the first time you saw the hair ‘down there’? Well, it’s there for a reason and serves a purpose. Here are seven things you need to know about it.
Pubic hair is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about since it serves multiple purposes. Right from providing a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury to protection from bacteria and unwanted pathogens.
Here are seven things you need to about the hair ‘down there.’
During sex, your body rubs together with your partner. This may result in your skin sticking to each other’s and cause painful chafing. Pubic hair acts as a barrier between the skin that rubs together most during sex.
It protects you from potential viruses and bacteria. More importantly,it enhances the microflora (healthy and helpful microbes) It absorbs sweat and moves harmful particles out of the way of entering the vaginal and urethral areas.
Really, your gynaecologist doesn’t care how you groom down there. Several women worry about what their pubes look like before they have a doctor’s appointment due.
But there really is no reason to think so much about it. As long as you maintain good hygiene, your doctor won’t care what your pubes look like.
Most women who shave, pluck or wax, won’t find this surprising- but pubic hair regrowth can sometimes be painful. Having a stubble in your groin area can be uncomfortable, itchy and cause rashes.
According to a study, women have a lower pain threshold during the premenstrual and menstrual phases of their cycle. Hair removal is more painful during periods due to the increased vascularity. This means it will hurt most to wax, pluck or shave while you are PMSing or are on your period.
When hair grows naturally, it is shaped like an arrow. This just means that it is tapered at the end. When you shave, you cut the hair directly across its diameter. Thus, when it grows in, it looks thicker because it isn’t tapered anymore.
It is common for pubic hair to be a different colour than the hair on our heads. The truth is that your pubic hair probably won’t be the exact colour of the hair on your head. It is usually a lot closer to the colour of your eyebrows.
A version of this was first published here.
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