Turns out, as fashionable as it may be, removing your pubic hair might also be a health hazard.
Or at least according to Washington-based doctor Emily Gibson anyway.
War on Pubic Hair?
Dr Gibson insists that the war on pubic hair must stop—not due to feminist ideals, or even reasons of, er, fashion.
Instead, she argues the practice is in fact a grossly underestimated health hazard.
In the US however, the hair removal market is worth over 2 billion dollars annually, and UK estimates are similar.
So a spirited resistance can perhaps be expected!
Pubic Hair Amnesty Demanded
Dr Gibson says that surgeons long ago realised that shaving areas of the body pre-surgery actually increased, not decreased, the risk of infection. And no matter how hair is removed, it will always grow back—eventually. And the skin must suffer being subjected to the removal method each time.
And due to microscopic abrasions and cuts incurred in the process, irritated and inflamed hair follicles are at greater risk of infection; including certain STDS, according to Dr Gibson.
In short, pubic hair does indeed serve a purpose.
What do you think? Will you think twice before your next Brazilian? Or is the whole issue actually much more of a hairy question than she makes it out to be?