Home > Sex > Sex tips Updated 25 November 2013 Smooth or hairy? Should you remove the hair in private places? 1 Check Are you a sex addict? » Ask Sexologist » Join Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for sex? » SEE: What happens to your body during sex? How porn addiction can affect your sex life In recent years it's become fashionable to be smooth rather than bushy, and many people take the time and trouble to remove some or most of their pubic hair. Whether you like this look or not will depend on personal preferences and also cultural differences. Before you remove your pubic hair, make sure of two things:* You really want to be hairless. Doing something this personal should take some thought. After all, pubic hair is an important sign of sexual maturity. As Health24's Sexologist says: "Cultures are different, but from an evolutionary perspective, pubic hair has many possible functions including drawing attention to the pubic area, acting as a surface for pheromones, acting as a buffer to protect the skin and signalling sexual maturity to a possible mate." * You do it carefully. Many people report getting an itchy shaving rash if they shave their pubes. Shaving in this area also increases your chances of getting certain STIs. If you use a hair removal cream, be sure to choose one that is suitable for the pubic area (check with the pharmacist if you're not sure), and try it on a small area first to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction. Waxing is a method that is often used by salons for a longer-lasting smooth effect, if you are brave enough to try it. You can also choose to just trim the hair with small, sharp scissors for a neater, but not hairless look.Hairy or smooth, it's up to you. More in Sex SEE: What happens to your body during sex? More: SexSex tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.