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Pubic Hair

Updated: JUNE 30, 2018

Pubic hair is the growth of hair around the pelvic bone and on the upper thighs of both men and women. The growth of this hair starts in puberty as sex hormones in the body begin to develop. It is considered one of several secondary sex characteristics, which distinguish males and females but not directly related to reproduction.

There are a few theories about why we have pubic hair, but many sources agree that it relates to pheromones. Phermones are hormones that are released from the body and are believed to be important in sexual attraction.

More About Pubic Hair

Although the attractiveness of pubic hair has changed over time, it is now considered normal to shave, wax, and trim the pubic hair. This change in fashion is often attributed to pornography because porn stars normally shave their pubic hair to allow the camera to get a closer view of their genitals. Some scientists now warn that shaving and waxing can lead to micro-cuts in the pubic area which can increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, boils, and abscesses.

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