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Beware; you may stand a Health Risk Shaving Your Pubic hair

Beware; you may stand a Health Risk Shaving Your Pubic hairYou may wish to trim your pubic hair, but do not contemplate completely shaving the hairs in your vital areas. This is the view of experts who according to recent studies disclose that this otherwise popular and supposedly hygienic practice carried out by many is rather exposing you to health dangers such as bacterial infections due to cracks that may result from the practice, etc.

Referring to especially ladies – many of who indulge in the act of shaving their pubic hair, experts say your pubic hair is primarily designed to protect your vaginas from bacteria accessing that delicate region of yours, apart from the fact that it also serves as a cushion to the same. According to Dr Vanessa Mackay from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, “Pubic hair offers a natural barrier to keep things clean, to decrease contact with viruses and bacteria, and to protect the tender skin of the area.

“While protecting against diseases and skin problems, pubic hair prevents foreign particles like dust and pathogenic bacteria from entering the body.

Pubic hair also helps to control the moisture of the area which decreases the chances of yeast infections.”

Also, going by a survey, studies reveal that there are no cogent or health-giving reasons that anyone has advanced for this practice. For instance the survey by JAMA Dermatology discovered that most ladies who choose to shave do so for flimsy reasons like – when going on ‘social events’. But they also do this when going to see their healthcare professional because they are “self-conscious about their appearance even in nonsocial settings” it said.

59% of women surveyed claim it makes them feel clean while 31.5% stress that it makes their vaginas appear more attractive, and 21.1% of the women say it is because their partner prefers it.

In another study the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published that 60 percent of women who shave their pubic hairs developed one health issue or the other as a result of removing the hair coverings of their private parts. These health related issues range from razor burn to cuts, infection in the hair root, abscesses, to bacterial skin infections of various kinds. They therefore conclude that pubic hair acts as a natural protection against sexually transmitted infections. The report also adds that removing this natural defense from around your private part makes it easier to transmit molluscum contagiosum, genital warts, and herpes.

Scientists say that naturally it is a proven fact that pubic hair acts as a cushion thereby reducing friction during (vigorous) sexual intercourse. Also, in sexual encounter, the natural oils in pubic hair serve to prevent chaffing and skin irritation that could arise as a result of skin-to-skin contact. Moreover, pubic hairs have for centuries served as a visual marker of both male and female (sexual) maturity. A moral school of thought now warns that doing away with this visual marker runs the risk of exposing underage girls to sexual abuse.

And, there has not been any evidence proving that shaving of pubic hair was a more hygienic behaviour. Rather, researchers say that while you may choose to shave off your pubic hair for cosmetic reasons, there is no evidence that doing so is good for your health.

In another survey the BBC News reports that “Women and men who regularly trim or remove all their pubic hair run a greater risk of sexually transmitted infections.” This was based on a study carried out with about 7,500 Americans, of ages 18 to 65; it discovered that “groomers” had a higher rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like herpes. The researchers feel that grooming could result in tiny cuts in the skin (microtears) which could expose someone to sexually transmitted infections that can be spread via skin-to-skin contact, like the human papilloma virus (HPV.)

Before the 1990s wearing natural hairy surroundings around the genitalia was just normal and desirable. For sure the habit or new fashion of shaving off pubic hair is, let’s face it, a fad gone awry; research shows that it is rather a trend that was launched by 90s porn! Yes, that is where the modern trend of pubic hair shaving takes its root—in revolting, debasing, woman-hating pornography.

Morgan Nwanguma

 

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