A new research has suggested that women and men who regularly trim or remove all their pubic hair run a greater risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than those who do not.
According to research published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, people who removed their pubic hair were 80 per cent more likely to have had an STI than those who don’t, after quizzing 7,580 US adults about their trimming habits.
This is just as the researchers suggested that ‘extreme groomers’ (those who removed all of their pubic hair more than 11 times a year) and ‘high-frequency groomers’ (those who trimmed daily or weekly) were at much greater risk.
The medical practitioners are of the opinion that small tears in the skin from shaving or trimming could make it easier for infections to take hold.
It should be noted! STIs are passed on through unprotected sex or genital contact.
According to the findings, an electric razor was the most common tool used for pubic grooming by men, while a manual razor was the most common technique among women.
It also said that about a fifth of men and women used scissors.
The research showed that it was unlikely that sharing grooming tools was an issue, because traces of the most common STIs had not been found on objects before.
But they did say doctors should advise groomers to cut back a little on their grooming or put off having sex until the skin had healed completely.