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What are the dangers of trimming the pubic area?
Removing pubic hair is part of the daily ritual in the shower for men and women. Either the hair is trimmed in the pubic area or removed entirely. But doctors warn: pubic hair removal also harbors some health risks. Tiny skin injuries sometimes cause severe inflammation. In addition, the risk of infection with venereal diseases increases. A medical study found that in the United States alone, thousands of patients have to be hospitalized annually for removing their pubic hair.
Scientists at the University of California, the University of Texas Dell Medical School, and the Washington University School of Medicine found that more and more people are injured by the consequences of shaving or growing their pubic hair. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "JAMA Dermatology".
Researchers evaluate the data from over 7,500 participants
For the study, a survey of 7,570 volunteers on their removal of pubic hair was evaluated. The participants ranged in age from 18 to 65 years. During the investigation, the experts found that removing all pubic hair and frequent hair removal were the most likely to cause injury. In the survey, participants were asked about the habits of grooming their pubic hair and related injuries. The results were then analyzed to determine the extent and nature of the problem. This is how to identify the facts that increase the risk of injury.
Why are more and more people removing their pubic hair?
The removal of pubic hair has become more common in recent years. This could be due to the wrong assumption that this type of care is more hygienic. Some experts also attribute pubic hair removal to the influence of pornography, where shaved genitals are the norm.
Women are more likely to be injured
The researchers found in their study that 66.5 percent of the men in the survey and 85.3 percent of the women removed or trimmed their pubic hair. Of these, 1,430 (25.6 percent) suffered injuries while caring for their pubic area.
The injuries were more likely to affect female subjects (27.1 percent). The figure for men was only 23.7 percent. However, most injuries were very minor and only 1.4 percent of the injuries required medical attention.
Pubic hair removal favors sexually transmitted infections
The most common injuries included cuts, burns, rashes, and infections. Growing seemed to cause fewer injuries compared to shaving, the scientists explain. Even the smallest of injuries can have a far-reaching effect. Previous research had shown that pubic hair removal favored sexually transmitted infections.
How did most participants remove their pubic hair?
The most common methods used for hair removal were normal razors, followed by electric razors, scissors, and waxing. More frequent hair removal increased the risk of injury, and when women and men regularly removed all pubic hair (more than ten times a year), most injuries occurred, according to the researchers (as)