Recently, body hair has been a trending topic of discussion among young people. In some people’s opinion, there is a right and wrong to what kind of hair you keep and what you get rid of.
However, there is a science behind body hair that most people do not understand. In regard to pubic hairs, there are a few different reasons as to why they are there.
The first is that the hair that grows around the genitals and under the arms locks in sexually stimulating scents called pheromones. For some, scents released from these areas are noticeable and can increase sexual desire. For others, pheromones might not be obvious but may be subliminally sensed.
Another reason for body hair is that it indicates reproductive capability to your partner. Girls hit puberty around the ages of 8 and 13. Boys, on the other hand, hit puberty between the ages of 9 and 14. While a lot of changes happen in your body during these years, one of them is the growth of hair on your genitals and other regions. A lot of people report that having sexual relations with someone without pubic hair makes them feel like they are having sex with someone who is prepubescent.
Pubic hair is also there to keep germs, bacteria and other unwanted things out of your genitals. The thought is that the hairs will catch the bacteria, and then be washed away in the shower instead of entering into your body and potentially causing issues.
There are also a number of cultural differences in body hair.
Some countries and cultures do not believe that shaving body hair is necessary or natural. In our culture, however, we have been exposed to nudity in movies, pornography and other facets that portray that hair on genitals should be removed, or groomed.
Men and women are also sometimes held to different standards regarding body hair. In most cases, men’s body hair is accepted as long as it is “groomed” or “manscaped.” Women, however, are expected to be shaven clean or groomed with extreme care.
So what are your options?
There are a multitude of hair removal options, for those of you who are interested in hair removal. Among them are shaving, waxing, laser hair removal and tweezing. There are pros and cons to each of these options. Each option should be carefully weighed and thought out before making a decision.
Some people claim that removing your pubic hair completely can increase feeling in your genital area and in turn, make stimulants feel better. There is no concrete research determining whether or not this philosophy is true.
According to Men's Health magazine, only 20 percent of all college-aged women remove their pubic hair on a very regular basis. What does this mean? It is ok if you decide not to remove your hair.
Removal or non-removal of body hair is a very personal choice. I do not think people should feel pressure from outside sources about their body hair, but instead, do what is best and most comfortable for them. While there are reasons for the hair “down-there", it is fine to do without, too.