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What is the purpose of pubic hair

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James White
30 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Maturity: Pubic hair is an outward sign of sexual maturity. Different stages of sexual maturity are displayed during puberty; these are referred to as tanner s ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Pubic hair: It is believed that the functions of pubic hair include the dissemination of pheromones and protection from the friction of sexual intercourse. Natura ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: Pubic hair may help to retain pheromones produced by apocrine glands. This may serve to attract the opposite sex & ultimately serve to increase l ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pubic hair: The purpose of pubic hair is unknown but it part of our human evolution. You do not have go shave it especially if it bothers you an itches when you d ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marina Maslovaric
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Germ protection: The coarse texture is meant to trap dirt and bacteria, and keep it out of inner genitalia. It has also been said that pubic hair forms an air pocket t ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Shaving: Possible infection if not sterile.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Wax: Wax it off at a salon that knows how to do just that (bikini or Brazilian wax). A lot easier and safer than shaving. However, depending on the person, ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Patrick Connerly
48 years experience Family Medicine
Usually: that is due to trauma, but you are the first person that I know that has looked that closely.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anita Sinha
16 years experience Pediatrics
Protection: Ear wax is important in providing protection to the ear and can trap dust and other material that may enter the ear canal.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
To remove foreskin: Religious requirement for muslims ; jews reduces risk of urinary infections in first 6 months of life. Reduces risk of hiv/aids or stds. More hyeigen ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Minoxidil: Minoxidil as a foam or solution is available over the counter in the U.S. Also available is finaseride which can be obtained by prescription (it is a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eugene Ahn
Specializes in Integrative Medicine
Unclear: Although we understand grey hair to be due to the loss of melanin production in the hair follicle, and pubic hair is no different, it is not clear why ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ingrown hair: The best way to prevent them is to get laser hair removal. If you shave, do it at the end of a warm shower.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience Family Medicine
Hairy nevus: It may be a hairy nevus. You can show it to your family doctor or dermatologist for more information.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Pubic hair: Both women and men have pubic hair - estrogen related in women - testosterone related in men This is a strange question to ask at age 51. Is there ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Aesthetics: It is done for the look created.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience LASIK Surgery
Genes: Your hair pigmentation is genetic and hair coloration will be similar on all parts of your body.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: If you're not a hairy-chested guy developing early male pattern baldness, and you really have thinning hair, you need to be checked for hypothyroidism ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience Pediatrics
Lanugo: At birth very often babies bodies are covered in areas with soft hair called lanugo. This hair will disappear over the next weeks.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Not really...: Shaving hairs anywhere on the body is ok (as along as one does not create a skin rash by shaving too closely or getting too many ingrown hairs). Since ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Big Prostate: This is a two drug combination of medicines used to help men with an enlarged prostate. It is not available in the US.

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