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At least 26% of people injure themselves while grooming their pubic hair

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When you want to groom pubic hair, everyone knows the importance of being careful.

But accidents happen, and apparently it’s happening more often than you’d think.

According to a new study, at least a quarter of people who groom their pubic hair have been injured at least once.

Of the 26% of men and women who have been injured, at least 32% said that it had happened five or more times.

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Whether with scissors, wax, a razor, laser hair removal or some other technique, the JAMA Dermatology study is calling for clinical guidelines or safe grooming recommendations.

Around two thirds of men (66.5%) said they had groomed their pubic hair, compared to 85.2% of women. Women also had more grooming-related injuries, with 27.1% vs 23.7%.

Hairier men also had a higher risk of injury.

Are pubic hair injuries being under-reported due to embarrassment?

Also, those who had attempted to be completely smooth ran the risk of a higher injury.

Injuries include lacerations, burns, rashes and infection.

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Some respondents may not have answered truthfully ‘owing to embarrassment or fear of breach in anonymity,’, the authors said. They also noted minor incidents were likely under-reported.

The JAMA Dermatology study used a web-based survey of US adults that was conducted in January 2014. Results were analyzed between mid-2016 and early 2017. Of the 7,570 participants, 55.5% were male and 44.5% were female.


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