For ladies, it’s upkeep, for gentlemen, it’s “manscaping,” but it’s also potentially dangerous: a quarter of individuals injure themselves while engage in pubic grooming, a study found.
The results were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology and led by University of California San Francisco urologist Matthew Truesdale.
“The present data may help identify injury-prone groomers and lead to safer grooming practices,” the authors wrote in the study.
The authors cited a previous study that observed a fivefold increase in emergency room visits related to pubic grooming between 2002 and 2010.
Women generally report removing all of their pubic hair more than men. A 2016 study in JAMA Dermatology found that 83.8 percent of practice grooming. A separate study evaluating how prevalent pubic grooming was among two groups of Midwest college students found that less than one percent of men groom, although the majority preferred their partner to be without pubic hair.
In the latest study, researchers conducted an online survey reaching a nationally representative sample of 5,674 individuals. Of that, 1,430 men and women reported grooming-related injuries, with lacerations the most commonly reported injury, followed by burns and rashes. Only 1.4 percent of injuries required medical attention.
Areas of injury for men included the scrotum (67.2 percent), penis (34.8 percent) and pubis (28.9 percent). For women, 51.3 percent had injuries to their pubis, 44.9 percent had injuries to their vagina and 13.2 percent had injuries to their perineum.
Both men and women who removed all of their pubic hair 11 times or more over their lifetime had an increased risk for injury and “were prone to repeated high-frequency injuries.”
However, women who waxed had a decreased risk of high-frequency injury.
“Thus, injury-prevention efforts are necessary,” the authors wrote. “Clinicians may use this data to identify patients at high risk for injury. This study may contribute to the development of clinical guidelines or recommendations for safe pubic hair removal.”