A new study that was recently published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, (STDs) finds that men and women who groom their pubic hair are at a much higher risk of getting STDs. According to the new study women who trim their pubic hair at least 11 times a year have a much higher risk of contracting an STD. Researchers say that grooming the pubic hair may cause harm to sensitive parts surrounding the genitals and also lead to several different sexually transmitted diseases.
Researchers conducted a survey of 7,580 individuals from the United States about their pubic hair grooming habits. The individuals used in the survey used razors, scissors, and wax to groom their intimate areas. The survey looked at everyone’s sexual habits and STD history. All of the individuals included in the survey were young and sexually active, reports NPR.
When the survey was complete researchers found that 74 percent of the participants in the survey shaved, trimmed, or waxed their pubic hair. The study showed that 84 percent of women and 66 percent of men groomed their intimate areas.
Researchers found that 943 of the individuals had previously suffered from sexually transmitted diseases including HPV, HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, molluscum, or pubic lice. The survey also found that there was an 80 percent higher risk of being contaminated by an STD by those who groomed their pubic hair compared to those who did not, reports Mid-Day.
Individuals who performed low-intensity grooming were found to have a higher risk of developing pubic lice. Getting a sexually transmitted disease can lead to long-term issues such as HIV, infertility, and certain types of cancer.
Still, the study was unable to prove that there is a direct cause-and-effect link between intimate grooming and STD infections. The study did, however, show that there is a link between these factors, reports Health Day.
Pubic hair grooming has become a huge worldwide phenomenon among both men and women. Over the years, the perception of what is attractive and clean when it comes to pubic hair has greatly changed.
Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, the president of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, says that the reason there is a link between intimate grooming and STDs is because grooming causes mild trauma to the skin, and essentially makes the skin more susceptible to the organisms when they’re exposed.”
By Tammy Marie Rose
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