Ohio State University Study Finds That Pubic Hair Grooming Is Not Tied To Increased Risk Of Getting Sexually Transmitted Infections

In the modern world, it seems as if most people who are sexually active prefer to engage in sexual activity with partners who shave or trim their pubic hairs. Put simply, the less pubic hair mass there is, the better experiences people typically have when engaging in any kind of sexual activity.

For several years – if not several decades, rumor has it – people have claimed that waxing, shaving, or otherwise engaging in the extensive grooming of one’s pubic hairs is linked to an increased chance of coming down with a sexual transmitted infection.

Yesterday, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, groundbreaking research from Ohio State University that was published in PLOS One, one of the best academic journals of its caliber out there, found that there is no association between grooming one’s pubic hair and being at a greater risk of catching one or more sexually transmitted infections when engaging in any kind of sexual activity.

The study, which is titled “Association Between Pubic Hair Grooming and Prevalent Sexually Transmited Infection Among Female University Students,” found that female students at Ohio State University who were considered by researchers as “extreme groomers” were not more likely to get sexually transmitted infections than female studens who did not groom their pubic hair as often as the extreme groomers.

“Extreme groomers” were defined by researchers – the three researchers responsible for the study are Norris Turner, John P. Henry Jr., and Maria F. Gallo – as females who had removed all of their pubic hair at least once per week in the preceding year or at least six times in the preceding 30 days.

The women were all tested for the prevalence of any sexually transmitted infection, specifically gonococcal infection, chlamydial infection, or human immunodeficiency virus – STI, GC, CT, and HIV, respectively, for short.

The study took place between April 2017 and April 2018. Researchers welcomed female students who spoke English to get tested for sexually transmitted infections after filling out a quetionnaire regarding their demographics, sexual behaviors, and pubic hair grooming behaviors. Data taken from these forms were tied to each student’s test results. The 214 total women who were involved in the study were shown to not be more likely to come down with STIs after engaging in sexual activity if they were considered regular, or “extreme,” pubic hair groomers, in this case.