A new study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine looks at how college students today view pubic hair.
Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. and her team of researchers gathered data from a total of 1,100 students (671 self-reported women, and 439 self-reported men) at a large public university in the Midwest and a small university in the South.
“The study aims to assess pubic hair removal/grooming practices, pubic hairstyle preferences,” the study reads, “and genital outcomes associated with pubic hair removal among men and women in a college sample.”
Here are just some of the study’s groundbreaking findings:
Men are bushier than woman. 13 percent of guys reported not trimming or removing any pubic hair in the last four weeks, compared to just 4 percent of gals.
49 percent of males and 82 percent of the females said they had shaved off all their public hair at some point in the past month. 38 percent of total respondents said they are “typically hair-free.”
Approximately 95 percent of respondents said they had done some sort of hair removal (shaving, waxing, trimming, etc.) at least once in the past four weeks.
Hair removal cream is more popular than waxing, but shaving is the preferred method for pube upkeep, with 76 percent of respondents saying they’d done so in the past month.
Around 80 percent of people who removed their pubes reported “genital itching” at least once over the past four weeks. 12 percent said that they felt itchy every time they remove their pubes. (Must be rough.)
Nearly half (45 percent) of all pubic hair removal was associated with some sort of “genital rash.”
60 percent of women and 32 percent of men said they removed their pubes “because it makes me feel clean.” Other reasons included: “It helps me feel sexy,” “It’s a comfortable style,” “It makes sex feel more comfortable,” “It’s affordable,” and “It’s how most people my age wear their pubic hair.”
Sexually active people reported a higher rate of pubic hair removal than single people.