Pubic shaving originated in ancient Egypt and Greece, where prostitutes were forced to shave their pubic hair both for hygienic reasons and as a visible sign of their profession. While shaving women’s bodies became the norm between 1915 and 1945, pubic hair removal only became widespread in the 1980s.
However, a new study shows that 60% of women have had at least one complication caused by pubic hair removal, usually epidermal abrasions (invisible cuts in the skin) and ingrown hairs. Waxing has also been shown to cause severe skin irritation, infection and – according to a previous study – increase the spread and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
Here are the real reasons why you shouldn’t wax your pubic hair:
Pubic hair helps control body temperature.
We all know that hair helps regulate body temperature, but how exactly? Hair follicles contribute to perspiration.
Each hair follicle has a sebaceous gland that secretes oils into the hair, allowing the oils to rise to the surface of the skin. As the oil evaporates, it cools the skin with its latent heat.
Pubic hair actually protects you.
Pubic hair protects you from disease and skin problems. In particular, they prevent foreign particles such as dust and disease-causing bacteria from entering your body.
Pubic hair contains pheromones.
Scientists believe that pubic hair contains secretions called pheromones. These are what attract us to each other. Your body releases more pheromones when you sweat, and these secretions build up in your pubic hair.
Increased risk of genital warts.
Genital warts are located near or on your intimate areas. Warts look like bumps or growths. They are usually whitish or flesh-colored. In many cases, a person with genital warts does not know they have them. If you wax your pubic hair, you have an increased risk of getting genital warts.
You are more likely to get contagious molluscum (a viral infection).
Shaving or waxing pubic hair increases your risk of getting a viral infection. Studies have shown that lack of genital hair can contribute to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as molluscum, with the strongest association being seen with shaving. Molluscum contagiosum spreads easily, and it has been suggested that the virus is spread primarily through self-infection by scratching skin irritated by shaving.
This causes skin problems in the intimate area.
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