A gynecologist has urged women not to remove their pubic hair as it attracts infection.
According to reports, author of The V*gina Bible, Dr Jen Gunter, warned against waxing or shaving because it will cause “microscopic trauma” that can lead to infections.
While the purpose of pubic hair is somewhat of a mystery, going “au naturel” is necessary to protect the skin by acting as a barrier against the outside world.
But Dr Gunter warns waxing, shaving or “sugaring” – mixing sugar, lemon juice and water to create a wax-like gel – may do more harm than good.
“You are causing microscopic trauma to the skin,” she told the BBC.
The gynecologist added she sees women with cuts, grazes, and even infections when hair removal goes awry.
“Pubic hair has a function, it is probably a mechanical barrier and protection for the skin,” she said.
“It may also have a role in s*xual functioning because each pubic hair is attached to a nerve ending, that’s why it hurts to remove it.”
Why do we have pubic hair?
The role of pubic hair is not fully understood.
“get trapped in pubic hair when glands release an odorless secretion on the skin that combines with bacteria decomposed by the secretion of (other) glands” an expert from Columbia University in New York.
This they say produces a scent that varies from person-to-person.
Other theories also say warmth or helping the v*gina stay “clean”.
“Pubic hair prevents dirt and particles from entering the v*gina,” the Columbian scientist reported.
Some critics say if warmth was the reason, men would surely have more hair along their p*nis and around their scr*tum.
The protection theory also falls short because men do not have similar cushioning around the opening of their urethra.
Humans are thought to have removed their hair as far back as prehistoric times.
“Tweezers” made of shells have even been found in ancient caves.
The Egyptians also reportedly associated body hair with uncleanliness.
Removing pubic hair may have some benefits, by protecting against body lice.
The tiny insects live on coarse human hair, like that found around the genitals, according to the NHS.
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea