Dr Vanessa Mackay, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told The Independent:
"Pubic hair offers a natural barrier to keep things clean, to decrease contact with viruses and bacteria, and to protect the tender skin of the area.The study by JAMA Dermatology also found that women not only groom for 'social events' but also break out the razor when visiting a health care professional because they are "self-conscious about their appearance even in nonsocial settings".
"While protecting against diseases and skin problems, pubic hair prevents foreign particles like dust and pathogenic bacteria from entering the body.Pubic hair also helps to control the moisture of the area which decreases the chances of yeast infections."
The most common reasons for grooming were hygiene (59% of women sureyed), because they believe it makes their genitals more attractive (31.5%), and because their partner prefers it (21.1%).
Source: The Independent