Apparently There’s A Pretty Serious Reason You Shouldn’t Shave Your Pubic Hair

This might make you think twice before you reach for your razor.

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Pubes. Bush. Lady Garden.

There are few aesthetic issues more divisive than how a woman ‘should’ style her pubic hair (for the record, we reckon you should wear yours whatever way you damn well please.)

But whether you choose to take it all off, leave a landing strip or let it grow wild and free, let it be known that, if you’re going anywhere near it with a razor you may be leaving yourself open to some pretty nasty health risks, because while many think that removing the hair is somehow cleaner and more hygienic, it appears that in fact the opposite is true.

Chief among these risks is an increased probability of contracting an STI. One study concluded that the risk of catching an infection like gonorrhea, chlamydia or genital warts is increased five-fold after shaving. They theorised that this is a “result of micro-trauma to the skin (via nicks and abrasions) that provides entry points for viruses and bacteria.” Eek!

Add to that, shaved pubes are more likely to lead to sexual injuries too. Why? Because pubic hair acts as a barrier during sex, preventing chafing and irritation.

It’s not all bad though. Some women love the fresh feeling of a clean shave and it’s also been linked to a decrease in cases of crabs and genital lice.

Ultimately? Whatever you want to do with your pubes is up to you, just be super, super careful if you’re going to town with that razor, y’hear?

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