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Lack of Pubic Hair Could Put You At Risk

Personal grooming habits could be effecting your sexual health.

Researchers conducted a probability survey of 7,580 U.S. residents aged 18–65 years regarding ascertained self-reported pubic hair grooming practices, sexual behaviors and STI history. They defined extreme grooming as the removal of all pubic hair more than 11 times per year, and a daily/weekly trimming as a high-frequency grooming.

The Findings

  • People with "extreme" shaving habits already have a three to four times higher risk of contracting an STI, especially a skin-to-skin contracted infection like herpes or Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
  • 74% reported grooming their pubic hair: 66% of men and 84% of women.
  • More than 20% of the groomers defined their habits as "high-frequency" grooming.
  • 17% were described as "extreme" groomers.
  • 13% admitted to having had at least one STI.
  • Among a representative sample of U.S. residents, pubic hair grooming was positively related to self-reported STI history. There is need of further research to gain insight into STI risk-reduction strategies.
  • There seemed to be no difference in the way of shaving: electric or manual.

There is, however, one big advantage about having no pubic hair: You are better protected against pubic lice. They love hairy surroundings. Also for some people no hair looks and feels cleaner.

Why is there more risk?

Shaving, waxing and trimming can leave small micro tears and little cuts in the skin, which make for fertile breeding grounds for diseases. Also, people who shave their private parts seemed to be more sexually active than the non-shavers. Find friends at SDC

Maddy V

Dutch journalist and editor. Specialized in writing articles about sex, health and relationships.
  • Anonymous
Oct 07, 2020
We have pubes for a reason. Shaving and waxing leave behind tiny little micro-cuts in the skin - perfect little entry points for some of the nastiest infections. Lots of people think pubic hair harbors odor. Wrong! Bathe or shower. There now - problem solved. Those that shave are more sexually active? Also completely inaccurate! Unless, of course, you consider 4 to 5 times per week not active...