Contrary to popular opinion, an Abuja-based medical expert, Dr. Arikawe Adeolu, has warned against completely shaving of the pubic hair.
He advised that it is safer to lightly trim the pubic hair than shaving it off completely because complete shaving can expose the pubic area to infections.
He also mentioned that waxing or shaving of the hair around the pubic area could result in cracks and make it vulnerable to skin bacterial infection. He further added that the pubic hair represents a major function of providing some levels of protection for the individual, especially during sexual activity, avoiding the skin from rubbing against another and causing abrasion.
Dr. Adeolu asserted that “when one shaves the pubic hair completely, it regrows in a slanted style with the tips at times growing into the pubic skin, which can crack open the skin. This crack cannot be seen with naked eyes because they are very small. Due to crack and loss of protection of the skin at that level, the risk of contracting infection is highly high.”
He also said that complete shaving could cause boils to develop in the pubic region. This is due to some level of abrasion which opens up skin after shaving. And because the pubic region is always moist, this can serve as breeding ground for organisms like bacteria.
The advantages of trimming the pubic hair is that it would reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
Trim, not completely shave. Stay safe and healthy.