10 Important Things You Never Knew About Pubic Hair

Pubic hair isn’t a popular topic of discussion, but it is something that we all think about privately quite often. Everyone (well, everyone from puberty age on) has pubes, and yet somehow, at some point, they became gross and shameful… for women, anyway. Most of us spend a lot of time wondering if we should shave or wax, dreading our next waxing appointment, trying to figure out how long we can go without touching the hair down there, and trying to decide if we actually want to get rid of it or if we’re just doing that because we think we should. These are the thoughts that revolve around hair down there… but maybe we should be thinking about other things, like the weird facts about pubic hair most of us probably don’t even know. 

There have been a few studies and research done pubes, and what has been found is kind of gross, a little alarming, and might make you reconsider everything you’ve ever done to remove it. Actually, these facts might make you wonder why anyone ever tried to get rid of it in the first place. Here are 10 weird things you never knew about pubic hair:

Pubes Can Make Sex More Comfortable

Women's health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D. told Glamour that pubic hair can help trap and spread pheromones, which are sex hormones. She also said that it can make sex feel more comfortable: "Pubic hair may also be there to provide a buffer and reduce friction during sex." You definitely notice a difference in feeling down there when you're completely bare and when you have a decent amount of hair.

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Pubic Hair Holds Fecal Matter

A recent study found that pubic hair holds a lot of bacteria and a considerable amount of fecal matter, AKA poop. That sounds beyond disgusting, but considering where pubes are located, it makes sense. One of the head researchers said, “In most samples we detected the presence of not only e.coli, but also salmonella, tetanus, staphylococcus, streptococcus. The list goes on and on. I’m amazed that our emergency rooms aren’t overflowing with people who have life threatening infections. It’s truly a testament to the resilience of the human immune system."

This doesn't mean you have to remove your hair, but you should be careful to keep your down there area clean if you choose to leave the hair alone. Wash with warm water every day and wipe from front to back.

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Going Hairless Can Increase Your Risk Of An STD

A study done in 2014 found that removing pubic hair could increase the risk of contracting an STI or STD. There are a few reasons for this. One, studies have found that people who remove pubic hair have more sex and more partners (this is probably because most people who remove their pubic hair are doing so because they're sexually active. Having more sex with more partners will always increase your risk of a sexually transmitted disease. Two, if you remove pubic hair by waxing and you don't go to a clean place, you could get infected there. Interesting!

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Having Pubes Can Help Fight Infections Down There

Loryn Ashton, a women’s-health nurse practitioner, told Stylcaster that removing pubic hair can be dangerous to a woman's health. She said, "Recent research shows that removing pubic hair can increase your risk of viral or fungal infection, ingrown hairs, or even skin scarring. You can pick things up from dirty surfaces, contaminated tools, or by introducing bacteria into newly opened pores or nicks after shaving or waxing.” This has been proven in other studies and research, so it is definitely something to consider.

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But Sometimes It Can Increase Your Chances Of Infections

On the other hand, there are other researchers who say having pubic hair might cause infections. Confusing, right? Women's health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D. told Glamour that a lot of pubic hair can trap bacteria, which can lead to an infection. However, she said that by cleaning it regularly, you can make that chance decrease.

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Most Women Don't Think They Should Remove Pubes, But They Do It Anyway

A recent study found that only 56 percent of women between 18 and 29-years-old felt they should remove their pubic hair... but 72 percent of them remove it regardless. This means that women are removing pubic hair even if they don't particularly want to, or even if they feel like they don't need to. Why would they remove it then? Probably because they feel like they have to, whether it's because of societal expectations, or because they want to please someone else.

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Pubic Lice Has Decreased Since Waxing Became Popular

At this point, it might seem like removing pubic hair is the worst thing you can do, but that's not true! Research in the past has found that since removing hair down there became popular, the rates of pubic lice has decreased dramatically. That's a good thing!

Pubic Hair Is Transferred Between Partners During Sex

This news shouldn't come as a surprise, but it's still kind of strange. Research has shown that when you have pubic hair, and you have sex with someone, it gets transferred between both partners. This means that if their pubes are dirty or unwashed, it gets into your body, and vice versa. Stay clean, guys!

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Most People Have Complications From Hair Removal

Okay, but seriously though: removing every hint of pubic hair constantly might not be the best idea. Aside from the studies before this one, researchers have found that complications happen to most people who remove their pubes. They looked at 369 women from ages 16 to 40 and found that 87 percent of them removed all or same pubic hair. 60 percent of those women reported experiencing at least one complication from the hair removal process, whether it was ingrown hairs or irritation.

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You Can Go Bald Down There

Interesting little fact nugget: you can go bald down there! Hair loss medical conditions such as menopause, alopecia, and an underactive adrenal gland can cause balding.

How do you deal with your pubic hair? Which of these did you find the most interesting? Let me know in the comments.

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