Also known as lady garden, bush, carpet, beaver, the list goes on and on. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, we’ve all got it. The only thing that does matter is how happy you are with the way it looks. Fortunately, we live in a time where we can express ourselves however we want to, and that means what we get to choose to do with our pubic hair too. We can shave it bare, keep a full bush, leave a landing strip, or even create a shape down there.
Pubic hair’s purpose remains a mystery, yet we sure seem to spend a lot of time thinking on how to groom it. Many women choose to remove the hair down there, and say it is because it makes them feel cleaner. Others choose to keep it full and lush, arguing that it reminds them that they are an adult. We spend the first part of our lives waiting for it to grow, considering it the first step into adulthood. Then as an adult, we spend the time trimming it down, or getting rid of it altogether. Pubic hair isn’t a common topic of public discussion, but more and more people are bringing it up in conversation. The topic that was once taboo, is being discussed in magazine articles, blog posts, and between good friends.
You most likely have your maintenance routine down pat by now, but what do you really know about the hair covering your unmentionables? We found 15 funny, helpful and kind of scary facts all about pubic hair.
15 The Drapes Don't Have To Match The Carpet
Have you ever wondered why some people’s pubic hair doesn’t match the hair on their head? It’s not always because they color the hair on their scalp either. The color of your hair is actually determined by level of melanin that is produced in the cells that make up the hair. There are different types of melanin all over our body, and each area has varying levels. The crotch area has more melanin than the scalp, which is why it is often darker than hair on other areas of your body. Melanin has other responsibilities too such as determining skin and eye color.
Your pubic hair may not only be a different color than your head, but it can have other characteristics. It can also be different in texture and thickness. It’s very possible for someone to have fine straight hair on their head to have curly coarse hair on their genitals.
14 Sensitive Pubes
Your entire body goes through hormonal changes the week before your period, so it should come as no surprise that your pubic area does as well. You will be super sensitive from approximately five days before your period begins, and lasting all the way through the end of your period.
Since the area is so sensitive during that time, if you decide to wax your pubic hair, try to schedule it to happen after your period is over. Actually a woman’s pain tolerance is the highest about three to four days after her period has ended. Your hair grows faster during your period also, so if you choose to wax it during that time of the month, chances are it won’t last as long, and you will be scheduling another appointment sooner than you expected. Not only that, it’s awkward for the esthetician to was your while you are menstruating. It’s messy and neither of you will want to deal with that.
13 Sharing Isn't Always Caring
Just like we lose hair on our heads every day, we also shed pubic hair. And while having sex, we are transferring pubic hair to our partners. Not all pubic hair is clean. Some can come with bacteria, pubic lice, and a host of other nasty things. That might be one good reason to keep your lady area shaved or wax.
Not only can pubic lice transfer to partners during intercourse, but it can also travel to other places on your own body. Pubic lice (also called crabs), are actually insects usually found in the genital area. They can also travel to the hair on your legs, armpits, eyebrows, eyelashes, mustache, or beard. Some symptoms you might experience if you have them are itching in the infected area, and visible nits. You may also see live crawling lice. They usually spread through sexual contact, but can also spread by close contact with clothing, bed lines, or towels that have been used by someone who has an infestation.
You can treat pubic lice with an over-the-counter medication, or make an appointment with your gynecologist who may write you a prescription.
12 Losing The Hair Before Having The Baby
It may be a tad bit difficult to find a doctor or midwife that would tell a pregnant mom that he expects her to shave or wax her pubic hair before having her baby. It’s entirely up to the mother. If she wants to she can, and if she doesn’t, that’s fine too. The only time they may end up removing some of your pubic hair is in the event of a C-section. The hair growth around the vagina will very possibly interfere with the surgical incision, so it’s best to remove it.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you are well informed of your choices. Hair removal cream may burn like nothing else since hormones will make you more sensitive down there. You also may not be able to see what you are doing, so the chances of cutting yourself while shaving are high.
11 Pubic Protection
Your pubic hair is more than a pretty accessory, or an annoying distraction depending on how you look at it. It also serves as a protective barrier to your sensitive vaginal opening and genital tissues. It prevents bad bacteria from entering and causing infection. Having pubic hair can also help you feel less sore after your sex, since it adds some cushion against the friction you experience. That friction can cause skin abrasion which leaves an opening for unwanted bacteria. It can even prevent some STD's that are spread skin to skin. And we all know that clothes can sometimes irritate the tender area there, so pubic hair helps with that also.
Keeping hair down there helps to control the amount of moisture by wicking it up and away from the skin. This helps to decrease the chance of ending up with a yeast infection. If you didn’t have pubic hair, you might notice your clothing being a little more damp, since it will absorb your sweat instead of your pubes doing it. Think of pubic hair as being nature’s way of keeping everything balanced.
10 ID Please
Many, many years ago, pubic hair helped to identify when women were sexually mature enough to procreate. In other words, it was basically a way to tell a woman’s reproductive age. If a woman had pubic hair, it identified that she had gone through puberty. It was now possible to possibly produce offspring. Some anthropologists have even suggested that males may have used their pubic hair to impress and deter other males who they might have been competing with. Kind of how a lion uses its mane.
A full bush usually means you are in your prime reproductive age. As you get older, you begin to notice things thinning out down there. You may not go completely bald, but some people do. The thinning usually happens in your 50s and marks the end of the time you reproduce.
9 Pubic Wigs
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a wig for your privates. It’s called a merkin, named after the late Ben Gazzara who always referred to his toupee as his merkin.
In ancient Egypt, most people had to shave their pubic hair, along with hair on other parts of their body, to get rid of body lice. Since noble and wealthy people wore wigs back then, it is though that a merkin was created to show they had enough money to maintain their pubic hair.
At a much later date, merkins began to be used on stage by men who covered their genitals with it when they had to play a part as a woman. Pubic wigs started to become more popular along prostitutes after they had to shave their privates to rid themselves of crabs. It also helped them to hide any STD’s that they had contracted. Today, merkins are mostly used as decorative items or in movies. It provides that actors and actresses a way to maintain some sort of modesty.
8 Dirty Hair
As disgusting as it sounds, a study recently found that pubic hair holds a lot of bacteria, and a decent amount of fecal matter. You read right…there’s poop in about 30% of our pubic hair. You might be shocked, but it also might not come as too big of a surprise considering where your pubic hair is located, and how often you have to wipe both areas during a typical day.
Fortunately, most of us have a resilient immune system, since along with fecal matter, researchers found salmonella, tetanus, and numerous other bacteria. And most of us don’t end up in the emergency room from a life-threatening infection from them.
This is one reason why you may decide to remove your pubic hair, but you don’t necessarily have to. Just make sure to keep it clean, by washing from front to back every day with warm water.
7 Lady Gardening
When it comes to how you choose to maintain your lady hair, many outside influences come in to play. Sometimes we do whatever our partner prefers, others are based on what we see on television or in magazines. The trend of what is hip changes constantly, but we found a few options that might just wow you and your lover.
The Brazilian is the king of all waxes. It involves removing all the hair from both the pubes and the anal area. It’s rather painful and not for the light of heart though!
The landing strip describes a pubic area that only has a two or three finger width hair strip just above the vulva. It’s a popular choice as it keeps some of the natural element along with showing you’ve tried to spruce things up.
The big bush is an au naturel look. Many people prefer not to mess with mother nature and prefer to keep all their hair in place. They may claim they like the scent, or that if feels better when having sex since there is a cushion there to prevent friction.
The triangle is the removing only pubic hair that is exposed when wearing a bikini. It’s one of the easiest to do by yourself, and not overly time consuming. It’s a good last minute style if you are short on time, but still want to make an impression.
6 Pubic Hair Souvenirs
In the 1700s and 1800s, upper class folk in Britain collected the pubic hair of their lovers as a sort of trophy. They would display it proudly like a souvenir for all to see. In fact, there is a museum in Scotland that has a snuffbox stuffed to the top with the pubes of a mistress of King George IV.
Some men would take pubic hair from their lovers and attach it onto their hats. They wanted to publicly display their active sexuality. Think of it as a brag board of a sort. The more pubic hair they displayed, the more virile the man appeared.
We are thankful that particular custom has become extinct, and we hope it doesn’t come back to life any time soon.
5 Maintenance Can Be Expensive
You just might want to start a savings account for the maintenance of your pubic hair. Everyone has their preferred method of grooming their pubic hair, but each one comes at a price. Sometime getting a professional haircut down there can cost just as much as getting the hair on your head cut.
Owning a vagina fan be expensive. Not only do we have to buy tampons and pads for it, but we also pay to have a Pap Smear done and any birth control we may choose to take. We even have to pay for pubic hair removal, whether it’s a partial or a total.
Waxing can cost your up to $23000 just in your twenties alone. Shaving is a much more economical choice, as it will only coast about 10000 in a lifetime, and spread out over much of that period.
4 Hair Removal Complications
If you do choose to remove your pubic hair, there are some risks that you should consider. Often, it’s the method of removal you choose that tends to decide your risk for infection.
Shaving and waxing do not pull out the full hair since hair grows at a slant. It takes off the top layer of the skin and leaves a bit of hair that tries to grow in on itself. This could lead to ingrown hairs and other complications. Ingrown hairs won’t harm you, but they are quite painful, and a bit unsightly. Basic trimming seems to be the most recommended method of hair removal, since it’s less risky.
Overweight women are at a higher risk for complications from removing pubic hair. One reason it because larger women has skin closer together. Obese women are three time more likely to get a complication after removing their pubic hair.
3 Finding A Position To Trim
One of the most difficult things about grooming your lady parts while pregnant is being able to reach (or even see) what you are working on. You will likely have no problem maintaining your pubic beauty routines for the first half of your pregnancy. The second half is where things become a little more comfortable. Your tummy is getting bigger and it’s just more awkward trying to reach certain areas.
Sometimes lifting one leg up on the side of the tub will give you’re the access you need to trim things up. Just make sure the tub floor is slip resistant to avoid a fall. Using a shower shaving mirror also helps to see what you are doing. In the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may just want to enlist the help of your husband. He will likely be extra careful and he can get up close to make sure he is removing every part you want him to.
2 Less Hair Equals More Attention
You will likely reach a point in your pregnancy when your sex drive is in high gear. It usually occurs after your first trimester when you are not feeling so sick and tired all of the time. You might be hornier than a teenage boy, and removing your pubic hair might just get you that attention you crave.
Some women claim that a bald vagina increases the sensations during sexual activity. Many men are more inclined to pay more attention to a women’s clitoris during foreplay since there isn’t anything to hide it. You might even be the recipient of more oral sex, now that your partner doesn’t have to worry about eating any of your stray pubic hairs.
Keep in mind though that while the sensations during sex may be increased, so is the friction since you no longer have a buffer. You could end up with a rash, or just a painful vagina after intercourse.
1 Smelly Crotch
During pregnancy, your body may emit more vaginal fluids than when you are not pregnant. These fluids should not have a bad odor to them, but pubic hair tends to trap the fluids and the build up of them my cause a smell to begin.
The longer your pubic hair, the more that can potentially be trapped in it. And as you become more and more pregnant, keeping the area clean might not be as easy as it was before you got knocked up. Especially in the third trimester, it is increasingly difficult to reach around your belly to wipe. Urine, feces, and vaginal discharge can all become inhabitants of your pubic hair.
If you choose not to remove your hair, be sure to shower often. Also wipe from front to back every time your use the bathroom. You may also what to try a wet wipe to keep the area extra clean.