Ever wonder how many people hurt themselves while shaving their pubes? We didn’t either, but apparently a group of researchers at University of California, San Francisco did. Their study, called “Prevalence of Pubic Hair Grooming — Related Injuries and Identification of High-Risk Individuals in the United States,” asked the burning question: “What are the prevalence and clinical correlates of injuries among US adults who groom public hair?” In other words, “How many people accidentally hurt their lady bits/junk while chopping down the pube ‘fro?”
7,570 people 18-65 answered the survey, which found that 76.1% of people are at-home pubic hair groomers. About a quarter (25.6%) of the respondents said they hurt themselves while shaving. The most common injuries were cuts (61.2%), burns, (23.0%), and rashes (12.2%). The survey also found that people are most likely to injure themselves when they lie on their backs or let someone else shave them. Just say no to “Honey, can I shave your bush?”
And what was the reason for this study? According to JAMA Dermatology, a medical journal where the study was published, it was to “identify demographic and behavioral risk factors associated with pubic hair grooming-related injures and develop recommendations for safe grooming practices. The study may contribute to the development of clinical guidelines for safe pubic hair removal.” (Future guidelines after this will include “After two drinks, do let your boyfriend/girlfriend shave your pubes.”)
The study also found that “Waxing in women may protect against high-frequency injuries, although more research is necessary to confirm this finding.” Tell me about it; I once had a “bikini wax” that was way too hot, and my “little lady” felt like it was sunburned for two days. Five words: ice pack and cortisone cream.
The study stated that “People groom their pubic hair for different reasons, including sexual appeal, oral sex, partner preference, or routine care and hygiene.” It also reported a “heat map” that showed the percentage of injuries on specific body parts. For dudes, the scrotum was hurt the most (67.2%), followed by the ween (34.8%), and the pubic mound (28.9%.) Lady bits injured the most were the pubis (51.3%), inner thigh (44.9%), and the vag (42.5%). This was followed by the perineum/butthole (13.2%).
The one aspect of pubic hair shaving the study didn’t focus on was the idea of ingrown hairs; the biggest issue when shaving the privates. An ingrown serum called Fur has reached cult-like status with ladies who like their womanhood to feel non-razor bumpy a day or two after the hairs grow back.
According to the serum’s packaging “Key ingredients coconut oil softens skin and trapped hair so ingrown hairs slide out. Tea tree oil helps clear pores and minimize ingrowns; antimicrobial Tamanu oil promotes healing of delicate skin; regenerative chamomile extract soothes skin; and is anti-inflammatory and calming.”
Wishing you a smooth/”smoove” shave.