Scientists argued that bikini waxing may increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. New research has proved that even grooming pubic hair may expose people to contracting one of the STDs. This recent research has demonstrated that those who prefer to wax or groom their pubic hair are 3 or even four times more likely to get a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis, herpes or human papillomavirus.
- Specialists argued that trimming, grooming, waxing or completely shaving pubic hair can be dangerous.
- This could led to a high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Charles Osterberg, the lead author of the study, has claimed that grooming is usually linked to self-reported STDs. What is more, those who remove all the hair by waxing or shaving it are even more exposed to contract one of these terrible diseases. Dr. Osterberg is an assistant professor of urology and surgery at the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin.
Nevertheless, experts argued that this particular study did not reveal a cause-and –effect relation between sexually transmitted diseases and grooming pubic hair. The study was only meant to unveil the link between them, but they are not in an interdependent relationship.
We are all aware that removal of pubic hair has become extremely popular in both men and women around the world. This happened because of the perceptions of the society that have gradually changed over the years. Even if in the past body hair was considered to be normal, covering in a greater extent particular area of the body to protect them, nowadays the view has changed.
Osterberg asserted that people think that body hair needs to be removed or groomed for attractiveness and cleanliness. He together with his colleagues had conducted a survey analyzing 7,580 US residents with ages between 18 and 65. Researchers have asked questions related to their sexual behavior, history of sexually transmitted infection, but also grooming practices.
Approximately 74% of the participants in the study stated that they have groomed or even entirely removed their pubic hair before. As probably many have expected, more women, meaning 84% of the participants, argued that they have tried this at least once, compared to men who were representing 66% of participants.
Among those people who admitted that they have shaved, waxed or groomed their pubic hair, about 17% of them declared that they made a habit of totally removing their hair more than 11 times per year. What is more, 22% of the participants were trimming or shaving their hair weekly or even daily.
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