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Friday, August 18, 2017

Grooming pubic hair causes more injuries, New study says

Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care -- A new study finds that trimming or shaving public hair causes injuries.

Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U.S. adults.

The new study was based on a web-based survey of randomly recruited men and women, aged 18 to 65. People were asked, among other things, about grooming frequency (daily, weekly, monthly, every three to six months, every year or no regular grooming) “self-perceived degree of hairiness” (on a scale of seven) instrument most often deployed (non-electric blade, electric razor, wax, scissors, laser hair removal, electrolysis) and who performs one’s grooming (self, partner or friend or professional).

Of the 7,570 people who completed the survey, 76 per cent reported a history of grooming; 1,430 groomers reported a grooming-related injury.

Laceration (cut) was the most common injury followed by burns and rashes. Of the self-reported injuries, three per cent required antibiotics, and 2.5 per cent required some form of “surgical intervention” such as stitching to close a cut, or incision and drainage of an abscess.

For men, injuries were most common in the scrotum, for women, the pubis.

For both sexes, the frequency and degree of grooming, unsurprisingly, increased the risk of injury.

“You are getting at all the nooks and crannies of your body — you are going to get places you can’t see very well and that probably in turn leads to a greater likelihood of getting injured,” co-author Dr. Benjamin Breyer, a urologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told the British newspaper, The Guardian.

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