Did you know that to pluck or shave the pubic hair could be dangerous for your health? This habit has become so common that most women are far from measuring the risk. Here are some explanations.
Pubic hair: what for?
Although most women tend to systematically wax the bikini area, legs and armpits as their hair grows, they actually protect us by preventing irritation. They help reduce friction and are very useful during sexual intercourse because they promote a skin slipping on another.
Study reveals dangers of removing pubic hair
According to a recent study, women who pluck their pubic hair (some or all) are exposed to a potential risk of developing serious health problems.
Do not remove your pubic hair!
In a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, gynecology and obstetrics specialist Andrea De Maria explains that “women are not aware of the risks related to shaving the pubic hair.” According to the study, 87% of women remove all or part of their hairs and 90% of women use a razor.
Why is this area more sensitive than another body part?
Indeed, genital skin is much more sensitive than the skin of the legs, which is why the act of shaving the pubic hair can cause small injuries, even tiny ones, especially when you shave in a hurry. And yes, women are more prone to cuts and scratches because they are struggling to delineate the contours of their genitals while they pluck.
The same study showed that 60% of women have bothersome side effects associated with waxing the pubic hair: abrasion, ingrown hairs, etc.
Although these injuries on the skin may seem superficial, they are neither harmless nor painless. Indeed, the skin of the genitals is full of sweat glands (which secrete sweat), which means that this area is naturally moist and therefore constitutes a breeding ground for bacterial growth.
Thus, micro-wounds / lacerations of the skin make it more sensitive and vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as herpes, warts, Chlamydia, fungus, etc. These diseases are favored because of the absence of pubic hair that could avoid infection.
A few tips:
To prevent this kind of inconvenience that can sometimes be very serious, it is better to space waxing (at least two weeks between hair removal). If you notice that the hair becomes infected, by formation of a cyst, or other persistent pain, you should consult a dermatologist.