Updated 25 November 2013

Smooth or hairy?

Should you remove the hair in private places?

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.



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