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Should a woman groom her pubic hair?

Many men and women have questions about pubic hair. The variety of grooming treatments available today can make it seem like reducing or removing pubic hair is a necessity, as can unrealistic ideals in pornography and the media. The truth is, there is no single standard of grooming and no reason, hygienically speaking, to remove pubic hair. A woman should decide how she feels most comfortable.

Like the hair on our heads, natural pubic hair varies from one woman to the next. Some women have dense hair; others have sparse, fine hair. Some women’s pubic hair extends to the inner thighs and lower abdomen, while for others it is confined to the pubic triangle. Grooming the pubic hair is a personal preference that can reduce or reshape the amount of hair. Options like shaving, depilatory, waxing, and laser treatment provide a range of possibilities. Grooming may also be done to spice things up with a partner; however, a woman should never feel pressured to change her pubic hair to a style that she does not like or feel comfortable with. Ultimately, grooming is a personal choice that can be a mode of expression throughout a woman’s life. A woman may wear her pubic hair one way for months or years, then change her mind, depending on what feels right to her.

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