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Is it normal to have hair “down there”? Should I shave my pubic hair?

It’s completely normal to have hair in the genital region; it’s called pubic hair. The hair usually grows on the “mons pubis” for a female and just above and around the penis for a male.
Pubic hair provides warmth and padding for the genital area. It also traps dirt and germs that can get inside genital openings (vagina or urethra for females and urethra for males).

Shaving your pubic hair is really a personal choice. There are plenty of girls and guys who don’t shave their pubic hair and plenty who do. Something to be aware of is that when people shave their pubic hair, they usually itch while the hair grows back. Also, after shaving, this sensitive skin area can also become irritated and sore without hair covering it.

If you do decide to shave, take a warm bath first, and use a new, clean razor. Most people find it helpful to use shaving cream or gel. Shave in the direction of the hair growth. When you shave against the direction of the hair growth, you are more likely to see irritated bumps or ingrown hairs afterwards. After shaving, you may want to put on some powder on the area you shaved. This will help avoid itching and irritation.

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