What you should know about the ‘hair down there’
Pubic hair does have a purpose, providing a cushion against friction that can cause skin abrasion and injury, protection from bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, and is the visible result of long-awaited adolescent hormones, certainly nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.
Following are some of the facts about your hair down there -
1. Pubic hair protects against changing during sex:
When your body rubs together with another’s, your skin may stick to their and cause painful chafing - pubic hair acts as a barrier between the skin that rubs together most during sex.
2. Pubic hair protects your body from infections
It protects you from potential viruses and bacteria. More importantly,it enhances the microflora (healthy and helpful microbes), as it absorbs sweat and moves harmful particles out of the way of entering the vaginal and urethral areas.
3. Your gynaecologist doesn’t care how you groom down there
Most women worry about what their pubic hair looks like before going to the gynaecologist, but there is no reason to think twice about it. As long as you have good hygiene down there, your doctor won’t care at all what your pubes look like.
4. Pubic hair regrowth can be painful
Most women who shave, wax or pluck, will not find this surprising, but pubic hair regrowth can sometimes be painful. Having stubble in your groin region can be uncomfortable, itchy and cause rashes while regrowing.
5. Hair removal is painful around your period
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, which means that it will hurt most to wax, pluck or shave while you are PMSing or while on your period.
6. Your hair doesn’t grow in thicker after being shaved
When hair grows naturally, it’s shaped like an arrow- meaning it’s 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.
7. Pubic hair is often a different colour than the hair on our heads
It is common for pubic hair to be a different colour than the hair on our heads naturally. The truth is that your pubic hair probably won’t be exact colour of the hair on your head. It’s usually a lot closer to the colour of your eyebrows.