What Should I Do about My Pubic Hair? in Body

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What makes it grow? What's it for? And, what should you do with it?

Where does pubic hair come from?

When we hit puberty, levels of hormones in our bodies change.

In particular, levels of the male hormone testosterone increase sharply (yes - girl bodies make the stuff too). This is what makes us start growing hair in our armpits and groin.

What's pubic hair for?

Why this new hair growth should - for girls at least - be confined to pits and personal bits is difficult to know.

There's some suggestion hair helps trap special chemicals in sweat called pheromones.

These chemicals may have a role to play in attracting sexual partners.

What should I do with my pubic hair?

That's entirely up to you.

The easiest choice - some say the wisest - is just to let it grow.

So long as you keep washing carefully, it's really no dirtier to have hair than it is to have none. Plus, having a little hair down there helps protect the skin and stops chafing.

Some folks trim to keep it short and keep the edges neat, others prefer total baldness.

However, if you're going to get rid of any of it, first take a look at our page on hair removal.

Use the wrong product in the wrong way or in the wrong place and you could end up in serious discomfort.

Don't say we didn't warn you!