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WATCH: To shave or not to shave? Here’s the science behind your bush

Do you know that humans are the only mammalian species on Earth that has long, coarse pubic hair?

Hairy or smooth?
Photo: Cosmopolitan – Hairy or smooth, which do you prefer?

Do you shave or wax your private areas? How much do you know about your ‘bush’?

In this new YouTube video, the guys from AsapSCIENCE will answer some of the most intimate questions you have about your body hair — specifically, your pubes.

Going back in time, we the human race used to carry thick body hair all over, and only lost them after the last ice age some 70,000 to 120,000 years ago.

Despite so, most of us still retain body hair in specific regions of our body, like in our armpits as well as around our external genitals.

In fact, we are the only mammalian species on Earth that has long, coarse pubic hair.

Some scientists hypothesise that pubic hair functions as a visual signal to tell potential mates that one is sexually mature and ready to reproduce, or to just have some hot action.

Pubic hair may also serve to provide anti-friction cushioning during sexual intercourse.

Another theory revolves around sweat and smell: It’s been proposed that we may have evolved to retain hair in certain areas of our body to trap pheromones aka body odour in order to attract (or repel?) potential partners.

Other studies support this notion with their finding that people are more attracted to those who have a different immune system from them and we differentiate that based on our sense of smell.

To shave or not to shave?

According to a study on over a thousand students in America, 96% of female and 87% male have partially or completely removed the pubic hair in the past month.

Other statistics show some downsides to pubic hair removal, with 75% of people experiencing itching, and 40% of people having rashes after they shave.

It is also known that shaving and waxing can result in ingrown hair which creates skin inflammation.

And the most common genital injury reported in America’s emergency rooms?

Answer: Awful (and awkward!) medical situations that are a direct consequence of public hair removal.

To learn more about your bush, watch this video now:

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