February 5, 2016

Q&A: What’s The Most Hygienic Pubic Hair Style?

Even removing all of one’s pubic hair is hygienic, and this is true whether you’re a man or a woman.

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All pubic hair styles are just fine!

Keeping pubic hair natural is clean and hygienic. So is shaving or trimming just a little bit of it.

Even removing all of one’s pubic hair is hygienic, and this is true whether you’re a man or a woman.

Pubic hair is normal and natural and what you decide to do with it is your own choice, though if you have a sexual partner, he or she may have a preference too. It’s up to you how much your partner’s preference matters to you.

If you’re a woman, check out Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva for more information on pubic hair styles and what people do with their pubic hair.

Next Question: Will My Frequent Masturbation Affect Me Later In Life?

I’m 22 years old, and sometimes I masturbate three times a day. I wanted to know whether this is going to affect my ability to become a father, or if it will create erectile problems later in life.

Dr. Debby Herbenick’s Response:

Masturbation does not affect men’s fertility, so if you enjoy it—great! Check out The Big Book of Masturbation for more information about masturbation, including facts and myths about masturbation.

Even though masturbation won’t affect your fertility, you may find that after you ejaculate—whether from masturbation or from sex with a partner—that it takes longer to get another erection or to ejaculate again.

This time between ejaculations is called a man’s refractory period. When men are young, sometimes this is a short period of time meaning that a young man can sometimes ejaculate and then quickly get another erection again and ejaculate.

As men age, the refractory period often naturally gets longer.

This means that after a man ejaculates from masturbation or sex with a partner, it may take longer to get another erection and ejaculate again.

This is normal and, if it happens to you, it won’t be because you masturbated when you were younger.

It will just be because it’s a common experience of aging. That said, as you get older, you may find that spacing out your masturbation or your partnered sex makes it easier for you to get an erection again when you want one.

Or that may not be your experience at all.

Some men, even with age, don’t notice much change to their refractory period and find that they can masturbate or have partnered sex as often as they want. Everyone is different and that’s part of the fun of getting to know your own body and sexual response.

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