7 Weird Facts About Pubic Hair You Never Knew

If you are a person who has gone through puberty, then you know that pubic hair is a thing that we all have. Some people choose to remove it, other people just trim it, and some people like it to be completely smooth and hair-free down there. All of these options are, of course, fine! It’s your body, you get to decide what goes on with it. Maybe you want to shave out some designs in you pubic hair. Who am I to judge? You do you, girl! Don’t base what you do on somebody else’s preference. That being said, since we all have it, it’s important that we know what exactly is going on down there.

There are a lot of things about your body that you probably don’t know, and little facts about your pubic hair is probably one of them. It makes sense – it’s not a topic that gets brought up casually over brunch, because, I mean, who really wants to go discuss that with friends while eating pancakes? Maybe some of you, I don’t know! Anyway, it’s just more of a taboo topic, which doesn’t mean it’s something we should shy away from. I know you probably don’t want to ask anyone IRL about pubic hair since that might be a little awkward, so here are some weird things that I think you should know about your hair down there.  You’re welcome!

Pubic Hair Is Meant To Reduce Friction During Sex

There are a lot of reasons why pubic hair exists, and scientists believe that one of those reasons is to reduce friction during sex. Friction, as I'm sure you know, can cause painful rashes while you're getting it on. So, pubic hair might be a good thing if you don't want to be in pain next time you do it!

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And To Help Prevent Bacteria

In addition to reducing friction, pubic hair can also prevent nasty bacteria from getting into your vagina, which can cause infections. As we all know, those are not fun. Of course, removing your hair down there doesn't guarantee that you will get an infection, but it's something to think about!

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But It Can Increase Your Risk Of An STI

If you like to shave down there, then good for you! But you should know that there is evidence to suggest that shaving might increase your risk of a sexually transmitted infection. It sucks, but when you shave or wax down there, your skin gets very sensitive and you are more likely to contract an infection. Just be careful!

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There Is A Term For Growing Pubic Hair

I never knew this, since I guess it's not something many people know? But, the term for growing public hair is called, "pubarche," which sort of sounds like a fancy dessert or something. I'm sure you won't need to know this term to use in every day conversation, but if it ever comes up, you'll seem super smart!

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Pubic Hair Is Darker Than Your Head Hair

Ever wonder why your hair down there is a lot darker than your head hair? Okay, maybe you've never wondered that, but it is true! The hair down there has more melanin, which is a protein that makes your hair appear darker. As you get older, the melanin fades, which is why we go grey. So, eventually, you might have grey pubes.

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Humans Are The Only Mammals With Pubic Hair

Have you ever noticed that you don't see animals walking around with pubic hair? They don't have it. There is a theory that says pubic hair is meant to attract a mate, and the bushier it was, the more likely you were to find someone to get it on with. Of course, this is just a theory, but it's pretty interesting.

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The Longest Pubic Hair Ever Recorded Was 28 Inches

So, normally, your public hair stops growing after a certain amount of time, so it never gets TOO long. Some people, like one woman from South Africa, managed to grow her pubic hair out to 28 inches. That's...a lot of hair.

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