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Extreme Grooming Habits Not Associated With Risk of STIs, Says Study

Extreme personal grooming activities are not linked with the risk of sexually transmitted infections, said a recent study. The new study was published on Wednesday in the journal Plos One. Contrary to information from previous researches, the new study showed that people shaving their pubic hair regularly were not exposed to the risk of contacting by STIs.

About 214 female students from Ohio State University participated in the study. The female students, most of which have had sexual intercourse at least once in their life, were examined for signs of gonorrhea and chlamydia at the university’s health clinic. The participants were asked to fill questionnaires that collected information about their various personal grooming habits such as shaving methods, frequency, etc.

Lead author Jamie Luster said in an email sent to Cosmo, “Biologically, grooming may cause micro-trauma in the skin’s barrier, allowing pathogens to more easily enter the body. However, this has not been confirmed or documented for chlamydia and gonorrhea specifically.” Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are two of the most common forms of STIs.

Based on the data, the research team found that above 50% of the participants performed “extreme” grooming or a complete weekly shaving of pubic hair within the last one year. About 40% of the participants agreed to have followed such grooming habits for the last month. All the other participants agreed to have had some grooming activity at least once in their life.

Below 10% of the women tested positive for either chlamydia or gonorrhea. However, none of the participants tested positive for both the STIs. The study authors said that as most of the participants agreed to have had personal grooming habits and only 10% had STIs, the frequency of such grooming activities can not be associated with risk of STIs. However, the study found that 40% of the participants who performed extreme grooming had sexual intercourse on a daily or weekly basis in the last year.

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