(HealthDay News) — The frequency and degree of pubic hair grooming is associated with the risk of grooming-related injury and high-frequency injury, according to a study published online in JAMA Dermatology.

Matthew D. Truesdale, MD, from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues surveyed 7456 noninstitutionalized US adults aged 18 to 65 years through a probability-based web panel to characterize pubic hair grooming-related injury.

The researchers found that 76.1% of participants reported a history of grooming (66.5% and 85.3% of men and women, respectively). Overall, 1430 groomers reported grooming-related injury (weighted prevalence, 25.6%), with more women than men sustaining an injury (27.1% vs 23.7%; P =.01). The most common injuries sustained were laceration, burn, and rashes (61.2%, 23.0% and 12.2%). Compared with groomers who did not remove all their pubic hair, men and women who removed all their pubic hair 11 times or more during their lifespan had an increased risk for grooming injury after adjustment for confounding variables (adjusted odds ratios, 1.97 and 2.21, respectively), and they were prone to repeated high-frequency injuries (adjusted odds ratios, 3.89 and 2.98, respectively). Waxing correlated with reduced odds of high-frequency injuries among women (adjusted odds ratio, 0.11).

“The present data may help identify injury-prone groomers and lead to safer grooming practices,” the authors write.

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  1. Truesdale MD, Osterberg EC, Gaither TW, et al. Prevalence of Pubic Hair Grooming-Related Injuries and Identification of High-Risk Individuals in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 16 August 2017. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.2815