Today, women will openly chat about sugaring, waxing, vajazzling and other pubic hair trends over brunch. But not long ago, our pubic hair was like our dark, hairy, curly secret. Women either loved it or hated it, and lots of old wives’ and aunties tales sprung up about all that hair down there. Well now we’re here to separate the fact from the fiction so that everything’s “laid bare”.
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Text: Natalya Molok/ The Singapore Women’s Weekly/ Nov 2017
Additional reporting: Karen Fong
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Myth 1: A full bush is a turn off
This is really up to your partner (and you!) but there is evidence that proves that pubic hair is actually more of a turn-on because it’s full of pheromones and people who are sensitive to scents may be more attracted to it.
Myth 2: Pubic hair protects against STIs
Many women incorrectly assume that pubic hair protects them from genital warts and STIs because they are transferred by skin-to-skin contact. But while it may act as a kind of barrier, it’s not sufficient to protect against such diseases.
Myth 3: Your hair and your pubic hair will always match
The classic “does the curtain match the drapes?” is actually a valid question. But if you really want to know, check a lady’s brows for a more accurate assessment.
Myth 4: You should shave down there
If you shave aggressively close tot he skin and don’t use some kind of emollient shave cream, you’ll risk breaking or nicking the skin — and that’s going to hurt. Consider other hair-removal methods like waxing or laser hair removal.
Myth 5: Pubic hair makes sex feel yucky
This is really a personal preference. Some women feel that pubic hair leads to less friction between the sheets, making sexy-time a bit smoother. But others feel that things are more intense when they’re hair-free. Why not try both?
Myth 6: Pubic hair never stops growing
How long it grows varies from person to person but it does have a limit once it reaches a certain length. Asyou age it may even become thinner, particularly as women reach menopause.
Myth 7: Pubic hair makes you smell down there
Actually quite the contrary. Pubic hair can mask the natural smell of your vagina. Think of it as a fuzzy wall keeping the smell in. So pubic hair does not actually produce a foul odour.
Myth 8: If you shave, your pubic hair will grow back thicker
This is simply not true. Nothing’s wrong with a little maintenance down there if that’s how you like it.
Myth 9: Thick pubic hair means you're more fertile
There’s no science that proves a correlation between a woman’s pubic hair and her fertility. So don’t grow out your bush thinking it will help you conceive (don’t shave it off either thinking it will prevent it!).
Myth 10: Pubic hair is itchy and scratchy
You might have some regular “growing pains” that might be itchy from the start, but you won’t itch once it’s grown out. Shaving actually causes more itching because it makes your hair sharper, which can be uncomfortable.