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We humans have a way of getting set in our routines. Men, women, adults, children, we all do it in almost all aspects of our lives. And so it behooves us to take a step back every once in awhile and ask why we do these things the way we do them.

Take shaving for example. Ask yourself why you shave, where you shave. Chances are, you haven’t asked that question in some time. And it might just turn out that the reason you shave certain places (or, one place in particular…we’re talking about vaginas), is based on a common misconception.

An interesting study by the Journal of the American Medical Association that looked at the prevalence and motivation behind pubic hair grooming in the US (like Canada, but with Trump), suggests that there are more than a few misguided vag-shavers.

The study polled 3,000 women aged 18-65 on their care-down-there habits and motivation. A total of 83.8 per cent said they had trimmed their pubic hair at some point. The reason for doing so? According to the majority (59 per cent), it was hygiene, which seems like a pretty solid reason…until you find out it’s a complete and total myth.

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Yeah, so, uh, that whole “doing it for hygienic reasons” ain’t right. Like, scientifically. The thing is, there has never been a study linking an absence of hair to vaginal health or cleanliness. So, if you’re removing it for that reason…well, just know the facts.

Also surprising was that 31 per cent of those polled said they remove hair “because they believe it makes their genitals more attractive.” (If you haven’t seen The Great Wall of Vaginas art installation, have a gander. Va-jay-jays come in all shapes and sizes, each and every one is unique and beautiful. Hair or no hair, it’s about confidence.)

So, please don’t get us wrong. We are in no way telling you to stop with your grooming routine—shave everywhere you like if it makes you feel good!—just know that it’s not necessary for a healthy hoo-ha.

Now, does sex feel better with a clean-shaven field of play? Personal preference, just like most things in the bedroom. Anecdotal evidence may be the best answer to that.

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