Can Pubic Hair Lower Your STD Risk?

What’s with the new trend in Brazilian waxing? Women under 30 are suddenly going ‘bare down there’, getting Brazilian waxes as a regular part of their beauty routine. And what the procedure entails is enough to make your skin crawl.First, you go to an esthetician or spa, where you undress, lay on a table, and go spread eagle for a complete stranger. Then, they pour burning hot wax onto your genitalia. The wax is about 140 degrees, which is left on for about 30 seconds, and then it is ripped off quickly, pulling your pubic hair out from the root.

Sound traumatic and disturbing? For some it is, but for many gals, it has become a habit and they can’t imagine life without it.

The worst part? You have to PAY for the pain, and this isn’t cheap. Usually Brazilian waxing costs between $50- $75, depending on your location and the provider.

Brazilian wax fanatics admit that it is tremendously painful and virtually indescribable, recommending ibuprofen and ice packs following the procedure. But for some reason, these women still feel like it is and necessary and worthwhile part of their beauty routine.

Why Would You Get a Brazilian Wax?
So the question is, what is with the vaginal evolution, and why are more and more women choosing to get rid of their hair down below?

Women do this for a variety of reasons. Some want to avoid the annoyance of razor burn and ingrown hair follicles that they get from shaving. Others just like the look and feel of having bare bodies. The popularity may have begun when smaller bathing suits became popular, or when porn stars began having Brazilian waxes for their movies. The look is sleek and clean, which may have attracted some women.

Natural pubic hair used to be the norm, heck, just look back to any 70’s porn and you’ll see what I’m saying. People barely trimmed or shaved down there at all, and waxing was considered disgusting. It was seen as more of a fetish to have that kind of bareness, which makes some people think of the prepubescent bodies of children. Fashion changed, attitudes changed, and so did feelings on pubic hair.

Or look at editions of Playboy from 1950 to now. If you laid the photos out in an array, you’d literally be able to watch the disappearance of pubic hair. You’d see big bushy mounds of hair decades ago shrink to trimmed discreet patches, then moving to a lack of any hair all together in current editions.

In the late 80’s, a group of sisters from Brazil opened a salon in New York City where they began offering the new Brazilian wax. It didn’t catch on right away, but about a decade later, more and more women began trying the trend. TV shows like Sex and the City started mentioning it — and bam! Like lightning the popularity skyrocketed, and salons all over the country started to offer the procedure. Women under thirty are twice as likely to be bare than women over thirty. So this is certainly an epidemic affecting our younger girls.

Still, the question is why, why, why? What could make any woman even want to do this? Another reason many women attribute to their decision to get a Brazilian was is that it has been said that sex after you’ve had a Brazilian wax is like nothing you’ve experienced. Women report that it feels incredible, and many men also agree that waxing is the way to go.

The soft skin down there is often more touchable after waxing. Waxing is most common among sexually active women, so they obviously feel like is must be more attractive for their partners. It is also more common among women in non-monogamous relationships, while people in committed relationships might feel safe with their partner going au natural.

As previously mentioned, clothing may be another contributing factor in the trend. Underwear and bathing suit designs are much tinier than they were decades ago. You don’t want unattractive pubic hair sticking out of the sides of your sexy underwear or bikini; so many women choose to wax. And if you’re waxing your bikini line, why not just wax it all?Some girls feel cleaner with no pubic hair, they say that they feel sweatier and that the smell increases with the more pubic hair you have. Also, women have found that in their personal lives, men are more excited to perform oral sex on them if they have waxed.

There is no reason for women to feel the intense peer pressure to wax their pubic hair. Unfortunately, the statistics prove that college age women are the most susceptible to this trend, and that makes sense. Women in dorms talk, and the ‘everyone is doing it’ mentality has taken over. But these same college age women are also extremely at risk for contracting STD’s. The college lifestyle includes binge drinking and sexual escapades that are not always thought out. If having pubic hair can help to protect you, it may be worth keeping.

Guys also have started to expect women to be hairless, and talk to their friends about it too.

It was bad enough in the 80’s and 90’s when you hooked up with a guy and everyone on campus was talking about it the next day, but imagine if they were also gossiping about your grooming habits down there? No wonder so many women get Brazilians, they don’t feel like they have a choice in the matter.

Negatives Associated with Brazilian Waxing
There are negatives that come along with the Brazilian wax that you should know about before you try it. First, while you may be hearing that ‘everyone is doing it’, that just isn’t the case. Many women have tried it out of peer pressure and have been disappointed with the experience.Besides paying a lot of money, which you have to repeat approximately once per month to keep up with, you have to realize that it may not remove all of the hair, and you may have to continue shaving. If you have to shave AND go through the pain of waxing, why bother?

Some women hate the way their vaginas look after waxing, and don’t think looking like a teenager again is attractive. Luckily, the hair grows back, but what a waste of money.

Another reason not to go Brazilian is because people are supposed to have pubic hair; it wouldn’t grow on our bodies if it weren’t there for a reason. Some believe it traps pheromones, which attract the opposite sex, while others think it is for warmth. One thing is for sure which has been proven; it can prevent the transmission of STD’s.

Some doctors are telling their female patients to quit the waxes to preserve their health. They say that the waxing causes small cuts on the skin which allows infections to get into your body. Another purpose of pubic hair is a barrier against friction during sex and other activities, to protect you. You don’t want bacteria, STD’s or infections to get into your skin through these tiny cuts that may not even be visible to the eye.

Pubic hair isn’t dirty; it is a part of our bodies that is there for a reason. But so it goes, as almost all women’s hair has- we shave our legs, under our arms, and wax our faces. Naturally pubic hair was next on the chopping block. It seems, as women, we are only ‘supposed’ to have hair on our heads.

If women are getting Brazilian waxes for the right reasons, more power to them. If they truly feel better about themselves, they should go forth and wax. But for many women, especially the younger generations, they actually feel as though they have to. Whatever you decide, it is your own decision and you shouldn’t allow other people’s opinions to sway you. You can trim it, shave it, wax it, or leave it alone! As long as you are the most confident in the style you choose, you’re probably doing the right thing.



  1. Pubic hair traps moisture and creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Also it gives lice (crabs) a nice forest to roam through. So if you don’t want stinky bacteria and crabs infesting your pubes, shave it.

  2. Uhm, I personally prefer it being smooth… I’m not sexually active so I don’t have to worry about any STD’s. :)

  3. I don’t see how whether you shave or wax can affect your risk of STD’s I can however see how it can affect the risk of infections down there just on the skin because face it down below is a pretty great enviroment for bacteria and infection to grow. I personally do not find hair attractive on any part of man or womans body other than there head with the exception of stubble on a mans face(DAYUUUM) but there are many people who find it very unattractive to be hairless because it reminds them of a prepucent body as stated above. I say do what makes you happy but I’d MUCH rather be with a guy who has atleast trimmed down below.

    • jordyn robinson says:

      So do youu think it is better to be smooth “down there”? My boyfriend thinks So but I feel really weird about it but I really want to make him happy So I don’t know what to do?
      Please reply back need some advice and what to do
      -thanks Jordyn :-)

  4. Bruno Patz says:

    I’m a 37 yr old man. I can say that in the last 14 years, I’ve only been with one woman who wasn’t shaved or waxed down there. So I would say this over/under 30 divide is bull-carp. Ladies, if you like oral sex, this is the way to go. It’s a joy to go down on a sexy smooth pussy and make a lady go wild. Big hairy bush, and all you’re getting is fingers for foreplay; scratchy, smelly, nasty, and hairs falling out in my mouth… no thanks. Not to mention the pleasures I can give with an oh-so-light tickle on smooth skin. NB: I also “manscape” and take care of my own tidiness but don’t go bare since (at least still per current norms) that would seem pretty weird/creepy. Sex is better nowadays that people aren’t all embarrassed to take care of their hygiene even where the sun don’t shine

  5. What an inane article. Who wrote this? There is no evidence that pubic hair reduces STDs. In fact it can harbor existing STDs. The theories- and they are only theories- about why pubic hair exists include that it created warmth which increased sexual attraction, and that it trapped pheromones, but not that it prevents STDs.

  6. What a horribly biased article this is! I do not appreciate how you’re trying to shame women who choose to wax. You’re observation that women who do it are more likely to be in a non-monogamous relationship is complete nonsense. I agree that not everyone will do it for the “right” reason but that is hardly anyone’s business but their own. Just because you aren’t turned on by the idea of getting waxed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t analyze all sides of this “epidemic”. And if you’re going to list pros and cons at least have the decency to back it up with some evidence. I’m looking forward to trying out the experience for myself sometime soon after doing a lot of homework. Honestly, if you were to actually go about this scientifically, you’d see that there’s nothing wrong with a Brazilian.

  7. I’m sexually active like most young adults in this day and age and I admit part of the reason why I get brazilian wax done is because of peer pressure. I have close male friends and they often talk about the nightmare encounter they had with the bushy girl and how much they hated it. I think it’s sort of become the norm now and unless you want to become part of the freak show story, you just get it done like everyone else do.

  8. Oh please! you will not end up scarred as long as you do your research and find a proper doctor to do it. Trust me, laser hair removal actually barely hurt at all- tweezing is FAR worse.

    Also, your doctor will work with you to get your good prices, you just have to try. Normally they offer packages that give you free treatments forever after a certain number. Point is, don’t believe all this “bull%$#&” people are preaching. Sure, you will need touch ups, but it will do wonders for you!

  9. Don Matheus says:

    Great post!

  10. I think the positives and negatives cancel each other out, one of the positives that I really like is the fact that during your cycle it cuts down greatly on the odor that it puts off, and the sensitivity when you are having intercourse is great as well. I didn’t know about the hair blocking STD’s so that I would have to research some more before I believed it.

  11. Well the only downside that I can see to it is, it is painful, I shave there instead of wax so it isn’t as painful unless you nick yourself. I found this article to be very interesting though and you had some thoughts that I had never thought about before, such as STD’s. I am glad that I am married because that is something I would hate to have to worry about.

  12. I like the body hair free movement. While it might not be as protective for the person who shaves or gets a Brazilian wax, it is much better for the sexual partner. Now days, I think it is just considered common courtesy for those who are in an intimate relationship to be hair free. It should be noted, though, that there are many persons who have a hairy fetish – and there are more persons with this fetish than you might think.

  13. Scott is right this was a very shocking thing to be discussing on the internet but I guess if you are behind a computer no one knows who said or did what right. I have heard of people shaving that area even men because it is just more clean and the sweat and odor that can happen in the summer time isn’t as bad that way. Thank you for this post very interesting.

  14. I love to read all of Idealbites blogs but I have to say this is probably the mist strange blog post that I have ever read. I have to admit it was intriguing but a little disturbing that we are discussing it on the internet. I hope that everyone did learn something from it though especially the men out there that wonder why we do silly things like this.

  15. I have to admit that this is probably the weirdest blog that I have commented on but it is a common practice these days. I personally would rather do it at home then to go to some stranger and have them do it, that is just awkward. Thank you for discussing this though because there are a lot of young girls being peer pressured into this and it might not be right for them.

  16. I have never had it waxed before but I shave there every morning. I prefer it because of the feel it has during sex, it makes it more sensitive where pubic hair seems to dull the senses a lot. And I do agree that when you are menstruating it is a lot cleaner to not have a bunch of hair down there because it does start to smell. Great article thanks.

  17. I suppose that pubic hair has to have a health purpose, otherwise the creator of life (or evolution, depending on your beliefs) would not have created it. I have to agree that pubic hair serves to shield the skin to some degree. This is obvious to me because after I remove hair from my body, I tend to get pimples when that part of my skin happens to get dirt and germs on it.

  18. I personally prefer a landing strip with the rest of the pubic area (vulva) bare. I think it is cleaner because pubic hair can retain odors from body fluids. And that is why it is more popular. So unless you are an adult service provider who offers a specialty fetish – that of a hairy vagina – men who do not have such a predilection will not appreciate it. The risk of STD doesn’t matter.

  19. Nice Article – Thanks for the alternative way of looking at things – I now follow you daily.

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