We all have it, but none of us like thinking about it or discussing it. That’s right, I’m talking about pubic hair. If you just cringed at the word “public,” don’t worry — you’re not alone. Pubic hair makes most of us uncomfortable, but it’s an important part of our body — and it’s there for a very specific reason. Usually, when we read about pubic hair online or in magazines, it’s about how to remove it, which “styles” are best, and what celebrities do to their own “down there” hair.
But many of us don’t actually know much about pubic hair apart from how to groom it. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “Why are my pubes a different color than the hair on my head?” or “What’s the purpose of pubic hair?” or “How should I groom before going to the gynecologist?” — this article is for you! Keep reading to find out 14 important facts about your pubic hair!
1. Your Pubes Will Eventually Go Gray
Dr. Sweta Singh, ob-gyn, told LittleThings that, just like the hair on the rest of your body, your pubic hair will eventually turn gray. What this means is those gray pubes are nothing to worry about — if they bother you, you can dye your pubic hair with a safe pubic hair dye.
2. Pubic Hair Protects Against Chafing During Sex
If you’ve ever played around with grooming your pubic hair, you might know that sex feels a little different when you have hair compared to the times where you don’t. One of the things pubic hair does for our bodies is protected from chafing. When your body rubs together with another’s, your skin may stick to theirs and cause painful chafing — pubic hair acts as a barrier between the skin that rubs together most during sex. Nasimeh Yazdani, MD, told LittleThings, “I’ve always felt pubic hair should not be stripped down to nothing because it helps with friction during sex.”