20 Things You Should Know About Pubic Hair

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There are varying points of view when it comes to pubic hair – some people can’t remove it fast enough while others stand firm they aren’t shaving, plucking, or waxing a damn thing ever again! No matter which camp reflects your views, it may interest you to know pubic hair is not there to annoy you. Like all natural aspects of the human body, it actually serves a purpose. 1) Pubic hair growth is one of the first signals of puberty and sexual maturation evolving. Read on to learn how your pubic hair protects your health!

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2) Pubic hair acts as a barrier from bacterial infections and viruses from skin-to-skin contact. You know – like how your nose hair is designed filter slow down particles from the air getting into your system through your nasal cavity. Not to mention, if your hair removal method leaves any tears in the skin, you open yourself up to contracting diseases through the skin. Yuck!

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3) Grooming habits surrounding pubic hair appears to be very culturally specific and the US is all about removing that carpet. For some people, it’s about swimwear trends and others are trying to look like women in movies… It’s resulted in mostly body shame and, maybe, only one helpful side effect…

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4) The only health benefit to having less pubic hair might be the removal of susceptibility of hair-related issues like pubic lice. Doctors have observed over the last decade how the rise of hair removal has corresponded with a decrease in cases of pubic lice. Nonetheless, pubic hair does more for you than work against you… scroll on for the next example!

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5) Pubic hair provides a protective layer for your genitals to reduce friction during sex. This means the presence of your private curly locks may prevent injuries of the soft, sensitive skin down there…