People shave their pubic hair for a number of reasons; usually aesthetic, but not always. Some women believe they're being more hygienic by creating a no-hair zone, but that's not actually the truth.
In fact, women who do shave down there are actually putting themselves at risk of getting more infections, which is far from ideal.
There are two reasons we're putting ourselves at further risk by making ourselves hairless down below. Firstly, as Dr. Vanessa Mackay from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists explained to The Independent, pubic hair "offers a natural barrier to keep things clean."
With hair in the way, we reduce the chances of viruses and bacteria entering our genitalia, and that's probably more of a priority over preening, if you think about it.
"While protecting against diseases and skin problems, pubic hair prevents foreign particles like dust and pathogenic bacteria from entering the body," Dr Mackay adds.
Additionally, our pubes are designed to "protect the tender skin of the area," but if there's no cushion then these areas are more exposed.
So perhaps it's time to think twice about just how much hair we take off down there. Because although you might think it looks nicer in the immediate, for the greater good it looks like we were given those pubes for a reason. Let's stick with them.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.