Ditch The Razor: Why Bikini Hair Removal May Not Be The Best Idea

When it comes to grooming down there, most women (and men) prefer to keep it all clean. In fact, bikini hair removal is so common a practice today that one couldn’t be blamed for wondering if pubes had gone extinct! Though some women do it for purely aesthetic reasons, many others believe that shaving pubic hair is actually more hygienic than just letting it be as it is. The idea that bikini hair is a health concern however, has been long debunked and Olympian cyclists from the UK highlighted this when reports surfaced about them growing it out. Scientific studies actually suggest that going all natural may be the healthiest option of all.

Health Risks Of Bikini Hair Removal

Beware Of Bacteria

Pubic hair removal irritates and inflames hair follicles in the region. Essentially, when you remove pubic hair, what you leave behind are microscopic open wounds. Coupled with the moist environment of the genitals, these wounds become the breeding grounds for some of the nastiest bacteria. Sounds grosser than the thought of hair down there, doesn’t it?

Rashes And Itchiness

Most people who remove hair down there report itchiness, redness and skin irritation. Some also report serious skin rashes that they have a hard time dealing with. When shaving, ingrown hair becomes common, leading to red raised bumps on the skin that can cause mild to medium discomfort. In addition, razor burns and abscesses do not make for a very pretty sight!

Sexual Pleasure At Stake

The groin region has numerous apocrine sweat glands, which secrete special chemicals known as pheromones that basically attract sexual partners. Hair in the bikini region actually traps the odor of these chemicals. Going hairless can thus be a potential source of reduced sexual pleasure because with no pheromone trap in place, the sense of smell fails to be stimulated. Pubic hair also prevents chafing during sexual intercourse, while the oils in the hair act as a sort of natural lubricant, easing skin-on-skin contact.

STD ALERT!

A study has shown that people who shave or wax their nether regions have a 75 percent higher risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. A study has theorized that pubic hair removal correlates directly with the rise of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV infections: all different types of STDs. Removing one’s natural shield also increases the risk of transmission of other sexually transmitted infections like genital warts and herpes.

At the end of the day, choosing to shave, wax or go full bush is your personal choice. But, before you head to the parlor to get a bikini wax or take that razor out to tackle all the hair, it’s a good idea to consider if really worth the effort or if it’s just better to grow that hair the way that nature intended.

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