Those who trim or remove their pubic hair might be more likely to engage in ‘risky sexual behaviours’
Those who trim or remove their pubic hair might be more likely to engage in ‘risky sexual behaviours’

Rash moves: Shaving your pubic hair increases risk of contracting STIs, research finds

Is smooth-shaven buffness really worth running the risk of an STI?

Sarah Young
Tuesday 06 December 2016 11:52
Comments

The rise of the 'Spornosexual' - manscaping men whose intimate grooming is inspired by porn - may have a surprising dark side.

According to new research, "extreme grooming" of pubic hair has been linked to an increased chance of sexually transmitted infections (STI).

A paper published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections suggests that people who remove their pubic hair are 80 per cent more likely to have had an STI than those who don’t, after quizzing 7,580 US adults about their trimming habits.

It also found that ‘extreme groomers’ (those who removed all of their pubic hair more than 11 times a year) and ‘high-frequency groomers’ (those who trimmed daily or weekly) were at much greater risk.

STIs infections up in London - London Live

Male hair trimming has risen steeply in recent years which can in turn be linked to the evolution of the Spornosexual – a hybrid of “sports”, “porn” and “metrosexual”.

This real-world trend for a leaner, cleaner and purportedly more attractive aesthetic means manscaping is no longer reserved for swimmers or cyclists but, man or woman, is smooth-shaven buffness really worth running the risk of an STI?

The authors of the study put forward a number of theories for their findings, including that intimate grooming may cause ‘microtears’, in turn increasing the risk of STIs.

On the other hand, they also suggest that those who trim or remove their pubic hair might also be more likely to engage in ‘risky sexual behaviours’.

An electric razor was the most common tool used for pubic grooming by men, while a manual razor was the most common technique among women. About a fifth of men and women used scissors.

The researchers said doctors should advise groomers to slightly reduce their levels of grooming or put off having sex until the skin had healed completely.

There is one surprising upside of the grooming trend, though, the researchers found it led to a decreased chance of catching pubic lice.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in