THOSE WHO SHAVE, wax, or trim their pubic hair are at higher risk of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), but less prone to get lice, a study published today indicates.
The survey of more than 7,500 Americans, aged 18 to 65, found that pubic groomers had an 80% than individuals that was higher STI threat who leave their nether regions hairy.
For particular infections, including chlamydia and herpes, the risk was greatest among people who dressed “intensely”, and most often, the researchers found.
The study just discovered a correlation between grooming and STIs, and cannot conclude that one causes the other.
But the writers theorised that waxing or shaving might cause “microtears” in the skin, creating easy access for viruses.
Sharing tools such as shavers can also be a threat, they said, mentioning a case of HIV transmission between brothers using the same blade.
“As a third possible explanation for our findings, individuals who dress may be more inclined to engage in risky sexual behaviours than individuals who don't groom,” said the study.
Pubic hair grooming, it described, is viewed as a preparatory action to sexual involvement” and “is correlated with an increased amount of lifetime sexual partners.
For the research, 7,580 individuals completed a survey on their cosy hair -control, and STI lives sex history.
The trial participants were split into “extreme groomers” who removed all pubic hair more than 11 times a year, high-frequency groomers who trimmed daily or weekly, low-frequency groomers, and non-groomers.
The main approaches used were scissors razors and wax. Guys mainly used women a manual one and an electric razor.
One in five of both genders used scissors.
The research found, groomers, were reported a larger amount of absolute and yearly life and younger complete sexual partners for groomers that are extreme.
They also had daily sex and more frequent weekly than people who like to go au naturel down there.
A larger proportion of groomers, 14%, reported having had an STI during their life, than non-groomers at 8%, the research found.
For groomers that are extreme, the percentage was 18%.
STIs contained herpes, syphilis, human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhoea along with a skin virus called Molluscum contagiosum, or MCV.
Such infections may have serious long-term effects including specific cancers, infertility and higher rates of HIV transmission.
This implied “grooming might allow it to be tougher for lice to cover successfully, ” the team said in a statement.
Better understanding the partnership between STIs and pubic hair grooming may help single out “high-risk people” for safe sex education, the team said.
They are often proposed to dehair less often or seriously, after grooming to allow time for the skin to heal or to delay sex.
Pubic hair grooming is becoming a standard occurrence globally, with popular media altering people’s definition of “ and attractiveness, cleanliness genital normalcy ”.