Pubic hair removal has become a common practice between both genders within the United States. Incorporation of new grooming patterns result from emerging trends based upon perceptions generated by media. Modern society’s definition of attractiveness, cleanliness, and feelings of femininity or masculinity has driven such trends.
Grooming has been linked to high-risk behaviors like early sexual activity in teens. Similarly, pubic hair grooming has also been associated with skin infections and skin lacerations.
Recent data shows there was an increased risk of STI was associated with increased lifetime sexual partners, natural hairiness, and older age. Not grooming, female sex and being married were protective against contracting a STI. Groomers were more likely to have a history of STIs (86.2% vs 74.9%, p<0.001).
We hypothesize that groomers may have an increased risk of STIs based on the microbiome of their pubis which allows for greater STI transmission at the time of microtears in the skin from grooming.
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