Survey Highlights Risks of Pubic Hair Grooming

08/15/2017

More than one-quarter of people who groom their pubic hair sustain grooming-related injuries, according to a new article published by JAMA Dermatology.

Of the 7,570 men and women who completed a survey, 5,674 of 7,456 (76.1 percent) reported a history of grooming. Grooming-related injury was reported by 1,430 groomers, a weighted prevalence of 25.6 percent, according to the results.

Laceration was the most common reported injury followed by burns and rashes. There were 79 injuries among the 5,674 groomers (1.4 percent) that required medical attention, the authors note.

For both men and women, the frequency of grooming and the degree of grooming, such as removing all pubic hair multiple times, were risk factors associated with injury.

A better understanding of how grooming may lead to injury is warranted because of the high prevalence of pubic hair grooming, conclude Benjamin N. Breyer, M.D., M.A.S., of the University of California, San Francisco, and coauthors.

Study limitations include the fact that some individuals may not have answered the survey truthfully because pubic hair grooming is a sensitive subject.

“This study may contribute to the development of clinical guidelines or recommendations for safe pubic hair removal,” the authors write.

 

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