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Does Shaving Pubic Hair Increase the Chances of STD?

Whether you prefer to eliminate your pubic hair with wax, razor, or creams or gels, you should know that abusing that practice increases and even triples your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

This is the conclusion of a study by the Urology Department of the University of California, San Francisco, USA, and the University of Texas Department of Public Health, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

SHOOTING THE PUBLIC HAIR SPEED INCREASES THE PROBABILITIES OF A STD?

The research took into account 7,580 men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 with an active sex life. Everyone was asked if they were depilating the pubic hair and with what technique and how often and how much hair they left without depilating.

Scientists determined that 74% (85% of women and 66% of men) had previously depilated pubic hair. Of these, 17% went into the category of “extreme epilators”, ie people who removed all their hair at least 11 times a year.

Another 22% were described as “high frequency” epilators, because they do it at least once a week (although not necessarily all the hair). 10% fell in both categories.

The researchers also applied laboratory tests to see if any sexually transmitted disease existed among the participants.

Thirteen percent resulted in herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, or HIV infection. The risk of these diseases was 80% between “extreme epilators” and “high frequency epilators”. Furthermore, the possibility of having a human papillomavirus (HPV) or chlamydia infection was 3 times higher in relation to those who did not completely depilate.

For what is this? The study did not look at the causes but scientists suggest that constant hair removal can tear the skin and expose areas where bleeding and fluid exchange are facilitated; thus giving a gateway to viruses and bacteria.

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