Waxing and Shaving Your Pubic Hair Can Lead to STDs
Researchers are connecting STIs with lack of pubic hair. That’s right, science now says you should grow out a ’70s-style bush.
According to Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, the minds behind the YouTube channel ASAPScience, keeping your pubic hair in its natural state can reduce your risk of contracting STIs.
When you shave or wax, you’re causing microscopic cuts and scrapes on the skin that researchers say might be an entry point for sexually transmitted infections. According to the study published by JAMA Dermatology, an abrasion caused while removing pubic hair, “causes deficits in the mucocutaneous barrier that may be sufficient for viral entry and transmission, potentially increasing the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections.” When you keep the hair there, you aren’t causing the abrasions and you’re keeping the natural barrier intact.
According to the video, researchers have linked the rise of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV with the rise of pubic hair removal. Shaving it all off can also cause itching and other irritation, which can lead to infections when coupled with the moist environment of your nether regions.
This is not good news for most of us, though. In 2014, 96% of females and 87% of males in a survey of 1,100 college students reported either partially or completely removing their pubic hair in the month before the survey.
Maybe it’s time to put the razors down, and embrace the fur.
Above article was originally published by tenVOGUE