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When I was undergoing laser hair removal treatments for my bikini area, I contemplated whether
or not I should take it all off. Keep it! my mom said, Youll get sick. (Ive spent years without it,
whats a lifetime?) Then I worried that one day I would embark on a love affair with a silver fox

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vanity. Love Sex Again will be published in April and aims to fix the issues sabotaging our sex
lives. Pubic hair is obviously a part of the discussion. Dr. Streicher tells us that the number one
reason for having pubic hair is the prevention of friction.
When you have two bodies rubbing against each other, you can get a pretty nasty rug burn, she

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The doctor went on to give us a brief, yet amazing lesson on the historical use for pubes. See, that

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bush youve been fighting actually keeps your squishy bits warm. People apparently appreciated
that back in the day, when they were doing it in locations far colder than your 68-degree
bedroom. Now? Not so much.
People arent having sex in caves or out in the snow, she says, but the friction is still an issue.
Pubic hair does have a purpose.
So maybe you are willing to risk the rug burn, but what about the removal process itself?
I can tell you stories all day, Streicher says. There is no end to the things that can happen when
you are removing hair.
Sadly, there was not enough time to hear all of these stories. I am sure there are some doozies. As
far as general injuries go, she says the big thing with waxing is burns, and shaving or clipping the
hair down there can lead to cuts. Both can send you to the ER. (Someone once told me that she
was terrified her clit was ripped off after her first Brazilian wax. There was abnormal tearing and a
panicked waxer. There only permanent damage was psychological. On the bright side, the wax
was free.)
Streicher says skin infections arent a big issue, though can happen if you get an ingrown hair.
I felt compelled to ask Streicher about one sexual myth. Does the absence of pubic hair make you
more susceptible to herpes or other STIs? The good news is that she says there is no evidence of
this. The bad news? Herpes is still highly contagious.
If you are confident in your ability to avoid injury and infection, consider these reasons for going
au naturale:
Time
Grooming is work. Its winter, so why not put your vagina in hibernation? Use your now ample free
time to binge watch Downton Abbey on Netflix.
Cost
Waxing, electrolysis, laser hair removal, depilatories, and multi-blade razors all fight the war on
hair. They are also super expensive. Dont you just cringe when you have to pay $25 or more for a
four-pack of razor blades? The hair grows back in like, 25 minutes. If you prefer waxing, laser hair
removal or electrolysis, you may have a longer grow out time, but you are paying thousands of
dollars for searing pain. I used to bite my hand during my laser hair removal sessions and that
was after popping four Ibuprofen.
Saggy Labias
We can all thank Cameron Diaz and her new book for this one. In The Body Book Diaz is pro-bush
for many reasons one being our inevitably droopy vaginas.
Lets be honest: just like every other part of your body, your labia majora is not immune to
gravity, she wrote. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?
Shit, I never thought of it that way! If you catch yourself in the mirror trying to see if one side of
your labia is lower than the other, Diaz has gotten to you, too. This fear will also save you money
in the long run because a larger bush will hide your labia, and thus your need for a labiaplasty will
disappear as well.
It may be too late for me to have a bush that sways like seaweed, but hopefully that silver fox
wont mind.
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Saggy labias

a year ago

This article deserves some comments. I can't get the phrase "saggy labias" out of
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Not a celebrity, so what

a year ago

I'm glad I lasered it off; so much less work when wearing a bikini every summer. By
the time I have sagging majora, it won't be the only thing sagging, so really why
does it matter. plus, who wants evidence that you've been coloring the hair on your
head?
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a year ago

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It's a style, like shaving legs, or jewelry, or tattoos. It's no more bad or good or
natural or unnatural than a short haircut or a long one, meticulously coiffed, or never
a thought dreadlocks.
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a year ago

bizarre obsessions!
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a year ago

Another reason to shave the bush is after oral sex she doesnt look like a brotha with
a 'fro driving his droptop down the interstate....
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Ratsyte Rats

a year ago

Every woman has to look after herself and it is just her decision, to shave it or not. Of
course, in our culture, it is better not to see that "bushy island" between your
stomach and legs... Best regards, my team Ginekologas
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a month ago

I went down on a girl once who had "bush" when i was younger but these days
shaved just looks better


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3 hours ago

If women need to be TOLD by an internet article that they can save time in winter by
not shaving bush, they have bigger problems than bush.

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