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People Are Hurting Themselves While Grooming Their Pubic Hair, Study Finds

People Are Hurting Themselves While Grooming Their Pubic Hair, Study Finds”

One recent study in the American Journal of Men's Health found that removing pubic hair is associated with sex in general and oral sex in particular.

The study found that 76% of USA adults quizzed said they removed some or all of their pubic hair, with nearly 26% of those who groomed reporting that they had sustained at least one injury while doing so, ranging from cuts to burns and rashes.

The most common injuries were cuts, followed by rashes and burns.

Wednesday's JAMA Dermatology study used a web-based survey of USA adults that was conducted in January 2014.

The researchers noted that the study had limitations.

Dr. Benjamin Breyer, vice chair of urology at the University of California San Francisco, and his colleagues conducted the survey using a specially designed questionnaire that asked people to report their grooming habits and injuries. Medical attention was required in a small percentage of cases, or 1.4%, the study found. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS This cross-sectional study conducted a national survey of noninstitutionalized USA adults (aged 18-65 years). Data were collected in January 2014 and analyzed from August 1, 2016, through February 1, 2017.

But one serious danger of grooming your pubic hair is that an open wound might increase your risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease, Breyer added. All in all 7,456 adults took part in the survey.

In a new survey reported in JAMA Dermatology, researchers found that 76% of adults in the US said they groomed their pubic hair. Common areas for grooming-related injury for men were the scrotum (378 [67.2%]), penis (196 [34.8%]), and pubis (162 [28.9%]); for women, the pubis (445 [51.3%]), inner thigh (340 [44.9%]), vagina (369 [42.5%]), and perineum (115 [13.2%]). Of these most resorted to self when it came to pubic hair removal with just under 4 percent using a professional's help in pubic hair removal.

"I've had patients who have tried to wax themselves or tweeze themselves, and infections are common", she said.

Grooming-related injury was reported by 1,430 groomers, a weighted prevalence of 25.6 percent, according to the results. Injuries were more common among women (27 percent) than men (24 percent).

Of those who responded with a yes to have been injured at some point of time during pubic hair removal, two-thirds reported that they had been hurt more than once and one third reported to have sustained such injuries on five or more occasions. Men who removed all hair more than 11 times in their lives were almost twice as likely to injure themselves over their lifetimes as men who didn't remove all their pubic hair.

Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there", proceed with care - a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think. This is self-explanatory he said, since persons who would remove hair from all the "nooks and crannies" were more likely to get injured during the process. "Infections from grooming injuries are rare", he says, but grooming more mindfully could save you a visit to the doctor.

Beyer said that razors are the most popular devices people used and also the most injury-causing ones. "Using electric shavers seems to be not associated with high degrees of injury - probably because you are just less likely to get cut - but you don't get as fine a shave".

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