The Healthiest Style of Pubic Hair
Landing strip, Brazilian bare, or full-on bush: when it comes to pubic hair, every woman has her own personal preference. But does one style offer more health benefits than the others?
We’re not the only ones asking this question. A 2016 study concluded that the more hair down there, the better. Researchers surveyed more than 7,500 men and women about their pubic-hair styling habits, and they found that any type of grooming was associated with a higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, HPV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
Yet one study isn’t enough to make the case that there’s a best way to do your hair down there. So we posed the question to two gynecologists.
The short answer: going au naturale is the healthiest pubic-hair policy. “Your pubic hair is there to protect the skin around your lady parts because that skin is very sensitive,” Donnica Moore, MD, a Chester, New Jersey-based gynecologist and president of Sapphire Women’s Health Group, tells Health. Dr. Moore says a thick bush acts as a buffer, protecting you from irritation or an infection when your private parts rub up against itchy or uncomfortable fabrics and surfaces, such as tight underwear or damp yoga pants.