A new study suggests that grooming the genital area might increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections. The study reveals that people who often trim their inguinal are 4.5 to 5 times more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection than people who don’t groom.
The new study which points out the link between grooming and the incidence of sexually transmitted infections was performed by Doctor Charles Osterberg and his colleagues from the University Texas Dell Medical School.
Osterberg, who is also an associate professor of surgery at the same Medical Institution, pointed out that this study was the largest one performed so far. According to the study’s author, approximately 7,500 people took part in the study, whose purpose was to detect any links between grooming practices and sexually transmitted infections causality.
According to the study’s data, approximately 84 percent of female respondents declared that, on more than one occasion, they’d groomed their inguinal area, and 64 percent of the male respondents declared the same.
The study accounts for all types of grooming methods including trimming, waxing, shaving, and total hair removal using laser surgery. Upon reviewing the data, the scientists found out that there is evidence of a strong link between growing and sexually transmitted infections.
According to the study, the persons who groomed their inguinal area more frequently were younger and had multiple sexual partners compared to those who did not groom their inguinal area. In addition, these ‘candidates’ were more likely to have had a sexually transmitted infection during their lifetime.
The researchers said that the respondents reported having HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV or chlamydia.
Furthermore, it would seem that the frequency of grooming has an impact on the prevalence of STIs. According to the study’s abstract, people who groom their inguinal area on a weekly basis are 4.5 to 5 times more likely to contract an STI that people who practice these grooming habits on a monthly basis.
One possible explanation, the study’s lead researcher, declared, is that grooming might produce micro-lesions or tears in the inguinal area, making it more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections. However, this fact remains to be proved.
At the moment, Osterberg said that this study should be taken with a grain of salt since there is no formal causality was discovered – is grooming the leading cause of STIs or not?
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