'Extreme grooming' of pubic hair not linked to STIs

Study of US university students shows no evidence to back fears of a link

Women who frequently remove most or all of their pubic hair are no more likely to contract chlamydia or gonorrhea than women who don't practise "extreme grooming."

Woman holding pink razor

Previous studies have suggested that trimming or removing pubic hair is associated with sexually transmitted infections (STI), possibly because of easier transmission through broken skin or because individuals who groom more frequently might have sex more often.

US researchers studied 214 college women who received on-campus STI testing in 2017 and 2018

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