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Is it Healthy to Groom the Hair Down There?

Is it Healthy to Groom the Hair Down There?

One of the most famous point-shaving scandals of all time involved a handful of underworld bookies, gangsters, and the 1978–79 Boston College basketball team. (Point shaving is when a player tries to manipulate the score to fit a bet.) But it didn’t work out too well for the co-conspirators—they all ended up suffering a serious case of imprisonment. So, if you’re considering shaving your bikini area, let us give you a few points to consider, so you don’t come down with serious health threats of your own.

We bring this up because shaving your pubic hair has been a hot topic of discussion since a University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital study was published online in December, 2016. In it, researchers reported that people who removed all their pubic hair more than 11 times a year (extreme groomers) had the highest rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). High-frequency groomers (daily/ weekly trimming) had about 10 percent fewer STIs than extremists, and non-extreme groomers had half the number. The researchers concluded, “pubic hair grooming was positively related to self-reported STI history.”

It could be shaving causes nicks that become infected. But the researchers didn’t say if extreme groomers were practicing safe sex. That’s a big omission. If they were, then there’s clearly a health risk to extreme grooming. However, if extreme groomers are having unprotected sex with multiple partners, well, then the results are about what you’d expect. Our advice? If you’re an extreme groomer, be extremely careful—and not just about shaving.

Medically reviewed in December 2018.

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