7 Pubic hair myths exposed

Some call it their love garden. Her bush. Her black Bermuda Triangle. There are many ways to describe pubic hair – and at least as many myths about it. Which of them is fact, which is fiction, we clarify here with our ‘Down under’-experts.

Does pubic hair really protect against venereal diseases?

The fact is: In a new study by the University of California, it has now been found that women who regularly shave their intimate area have a 75 percent higher risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as genital herpes, genital warts or papilloma viruses than women who do not shave. This is because shaving often causes small injuries on the skin, which can become a gateway for infections.

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“Nevertheless, pubic hair is not enough to protect against venereal diseases,” says New York dermatologist Sejal Shah. It can only reduce the risk. At the same time, pubic hair can also help viruses and bacteria to thrive. A Chinese study shows that pubic hair from men can cause papilloma viruses to multiply in women. Well, thanks a lot!

Is sex with pubic hair less intense?

This varies from woman to woman. Some people like that pubic hair creates less friction during sex and makes it more gentle. In theory, stimulation without a hair buffer can be more intense,” says American gynecologist Wendy Askew, “it depends on how a woman wants to have intercourse and how much stimulation she needs to get an orgasm.

Is it true that the pubic hair is the same colour as the hair on the head?

If you really want to know the color of a woman’s pubic hair, you should take a closer look at her eyebrows. “The color of eyebrows is usually more like the color of pubic hair than the color of head hair,” Askew says.

Is bushy pubic hair a turnoff for sex?

The visual effect of wild growth on the partner depends solely on his preferences. From a biological point of view, however, pubic hair is more of an initiator, as it contains many pheromones. “The sebaceous glands on hairy body surfaces initially produce odourless secretions,” says Askew, “but in combination with the skin and hair bacteria, a fragrance called pheromone develops. This chemical messenger acts like a sexual attractant.

The more hair you have in your genital area, the more intense the message. The libido of people with sensitive noses is said to be boosted by this.

Does pubic hair really never stop growing?

Yes, it does. From a certain length onwards, growth stops, usually at around 13 centimetres. It remains at that length until it falls out and a new hair grows back. The older you get, the thinner the hair becomes and the more sparse the growth. “When women enter menopause or have hormonal problems, less pubic hair grows back and it is usually thinner and finer,” says Askew.

Should women with sensitive skin better not shave in the genital area?

Sensitive skin should not be an obstacle for a sexy intimate hairstyle. However, you should adjust your intimate shaving method accordingly. If you shave very close and do not use shaving cream, you run the risk of damaging the skin, which means that bacteria can easily penetrate and cause pimples and redness. Fragrance-free Sensitive Shaving Gels help ensure that shaving is successful without cutting.

To care for sensitive skin

It is best to shave your bikini line after showering when the hair is damp and easier to cut. In the direction of growth would be ideal, even if it is not so easy to see in the genital area. Afterwards – only if necessary! – shave again in the opposite direction, with as few strokes as possible. Then wash the bikini area with lukewarm water and apply a cream, for example a skin-soothing lotion containing aloe vera.

It is also important that you clean the razor blade well afterwards and only use sharp blades, otherwise injuries and pimples are pre-programmed for the next intimate shave. Extra tip: After shaving, avoid wearing lace briefs that could irritate freshly shaved skin.

Are intimate hairstyles more attractive than shaved intimate areas?

At the moment, at any rate: 58 percent of women and 46 percent of men prefer intimate styling to a slippery intimate zone with their partner, according to the results of a single survey by the online dating site ShopaMan. You now have the best tips for intimate shaving, and the most attractive motifs can be found here:

The most popular intimate hairstyles for women

Therefore: Have the courage! Design your intimate zone individually.