Help! I'm hairy

Body hair is normal and happens to us all!

Help! I'm hairy

Dear Springster,

I’ve started noticing hair in places that I didn’t have hair before. What is happening? What should I do about it?

Please help!

Amina


Dear Amina

Thanks for your question. Firstly, It's completely normal for hair to begin growing in all sorts of places, like under our arms or on our vaginas, when we begin puberty. I know it can feel pretty overwhelming and even embarrassing, but it's something that happens to everyone. It's confusing seeing our bodies change before our eyes and most girls have a lot of questions about these changes.

We call the hair growing on our vaginas pubic hair and it is a perfectly natural part of life. It happens to boys and girls as we get older and is as ordinary as hair growing from your head. Many girls will start growing hair before they start their period. It might start out thin and light but will usually get darker and thicker with time. Some people prefer removing all their hair, and some like to keep it trimmed. It's a personal choice and there is no right or wrong way. No one should ever pressure you into removing your hair, because it's your body, and that means your choice.

Pubic hair is healthy. It helps to stop harmful bacteria from entering the vagina and protects the vaginal lips against friction and discomfort from your underwear.

Body hair is a natural part of life and not something to be ashamed about. It’s one of the many changes we experience during puberty. Whenever you feel confused or self-conscious, always reach out to a trusted friend or family member and remember you are not alone.

Lots of love

Your big sisters at Springster