A full-grown bush isn't really the norm in this modern day, is it? Some people believe that trimming or shaving the pubes do serve a hygienic purpose. While others do it because they think it looks better. Whatever the reason might be, none of us thought it was a bad thing. However, a study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections associates grooming of the fluff to increased risk of getting sexually transmitted infection (STI).
A recent study
was gathered to 7,580 American men and women by researchers at the University of Texas. They conducted survey among these participants, which 74 percent do pubic hair grooming.
Experts found out that the groomers are mostly younger and more sexually active than those who are non-groomers. Additionally, those who totally shaves their private hair and do it regularly (extreme groomers) have a greater number of sexual partners.
“Such a relation is plausible because the act of grooming with razors or shavers causes epidermal microtears, which may permit epithelial penetrance by bacterial or viral STIs,” says E. Charles Osterberg lead author of the study. “Irrespective of the underlying mechanism—whether a causal relation or statistical association—understanding the possible link between pubic hair grooming and STI acquisition could be useful for developing strategies to reduce STI rates.”
Results showed that 80 percent of these groomers have a greater risk of exposure to STIs evaluated in the study. These include HIV, herpes, gonorrhea, and genital lice.
“Several mechanisms may work together to explain our findings,” the authors wrote. “For instance, our stronger findings for cutaneous STIs may be explained by both microtears and residual confounding.”
Will this study bring us back to the old norm during our grand, grand parent's era? Where, you know, grasses are taller and lavish? I don't think this is a good news for the porn industry.