Wax it, shave it, laser it or leave it au naturel? Whatever you choose to do with your pubic hair is up to you. Here are a handful of myths you need to stop buying into.
5 common myths about your bush that it’s time you stopped believing
1. Pubic hair helps protect against STIs
There are only two things that can protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs): abstinence and condoms. It’s actually been found that an abundance of hair can be a breeding ground for bacteria: studies have indicated that germs thrive in men’s beards, for example. So far from protecting you against STIs and genital warts, as the myth goes, having a lot of hair down there could actually trap bacteria.
2. It makes sex less enjoyable
Some women feel that having pubic hair prevents them from feeling maximum friction – and friction, as we know, is what leads to all the good feelings. So this is more about what works for you: if being hairless makes sex feel more intense for you, go for it! For other women, having hair feels better. It all boils down to the types of sensations you enjoy during sex – there’s no right or wrong here.
3. The less hair down there, the cleaner you are
As yet, there’s no scientific evidence to prove that less hair equals a cleaner, healthier vagina. All that matters is your own personal hygiene: if you wash regularly and follow the health tips below, it doesn’t matter how much – or how little – pubic hair you have.
4. People think pubic hair’s a turn-off
This is another factor that comes down to personal taste. Some people prefer hair, others don’t. You can chat to your partner about what they like, but at the end of the day, your own comfort and preference takes priority. There’s no blanket rule that says pubic hair is a turn-off: some people love it, others like it less.
Either way, it’s something that generally becomes less significant when you’re actually getting down. After all, most people are delighted simply to be having sex, and they really don’t care about the amount of hair involved.
5. There’s a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to handle your hair down there
Nope, nope, nope! Some people think hairy is scary, others think bush is best. Whether you want to shave, wax or laser it off, leave it as nature intended, style it into a Brazilian or bejewel it and colour it, the choice is absolutely yours and yours alone.
There’s no right or wrong way to treat your pubic hair. The only things that are essential to remember is that what you do with it is your choice, and that it’s completely unrelated to protecting you against STIs, HIV and unplanned pregnancy. Only condoms (or not having sex) can do that.
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