Whether you prefer a grown out look or a landing strip, the status of your pubic hair is entirely up to you. But if you do like to clean things up around your most private parts, there are a few things you should know about hair care down there.
First, it's pretty normal to perform some kind of pube removal. A study of more than 1,000 students in the U.S. revealed that 96 percent of women and 87 percent of men have removed at least some of their pubic hair.
As the majority of you can probably attest, this is often not a painless process. Hair removal can lead to irritation, rashes and ingrown hairs. And thanks to microscopic abrasions caused by waxing and shaving, these practices can also lead to infections, including the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. What's more, as the AsapScience video above explains, the majority of genital injuries stem from pubic hair removal in some way.
Going au naturale is probably your safest bet when it comes to mitigating these risk factors, but if you're gonna wax, shave or buzz, make sure to take precautions such as going to a hygienic waxing salon.