What are reasons why we have Pubic Hair

Different people have different emotions attached to their pubic hair. Others may love them; some may resent them, constantly shaving off every inch of hair that grows. What you choose to do with your pubic hair, whether it’s shaving, trimming or waxing, should be up to you but it is important to know why pubic hair grows in the first place.

Aside from the fact that pubic hair is an obvious physical sign of sexual maturity, it is there to serve different purposes, the main one being to reduce friction during sexual intercourse. The skin around the genital area is delicate so the hair acts as a cushion to minimize friction during sex and other activities. In the past, this hair may have served a purpose of attracting potential sexual partners.

Why We Have Pubic Hair
Purposes of Public hair as illustrated by healthline

Pubic hair helps to maintain the optimal temperature around the genital region. When the weather is too hot or too cold, be sure that the pubic hair will do its job of regulating the temperature around the pubic region.

Pubic hair also offers protection against bacteria and other pathogens. Just like eyebrows, eye lashes and nose hair, pubic hair traps dirt and prevents any harmful microorganisms from entering the body through the penis or vagina. In addition to that, the hair follicles produce sebum which prevents any present bacteria from multiplying.

One other underrated benefit of pubic hair is their ability to increase sensation during sex. At the bottom of each hair follicle, there are nerve endings. The ones present around the pubic area are different from the nerve endings on our skin, thus making sexual experience more sensual.

Whether to keep or not to keep your pubic hair should be a personal choice, but whatever you choose to do, always maintain good genital hygiene. Hair is known to trap dirt and moisture and if left unattended, can be a breeding ground for bacteria.