Ever wondered if you’re shaving your pubes more or less than the average person?
No? Well you’re about to find out anyway.
In a study of 1,560 English-speaking 18- to 25-year-olds, published in Anzjog, 69.4% reported participating in grooming behaviour, with a similar amount of men choosing to shave their pubic area as women.
Just under three quarters (71%) shave their pubic area once every month.
Data was collected for two similarly aged cohorts, occurring in 2014 and again in 2021.
Interestingly, it found that women were less likely to shave down there in 2021 than they were nine years ago.
Also, in 2014, no men responded to the survey, whereas 65% said they engaged in pubic hair grooming in 2021, showing a gendered shift.
‘Traditionally, men have not engaged in depilatory behaviours, as the presence of body hair was considered masculine, attractive and virile,’ researchers wrote.
‘However, more recently it appears that the hairless physicality of males has been embraced, perhaps as exposure to pornography has increased with greater opportunities to engage in sex with the use of dating software applications.’
According to the study, the most popular reasons reported for pubic hair grooming habits were religion, seeing a doctor, preferring a neater or cleaner look, and relief of discomfort.
Both men and woman said they preferred oral sex if there was less or no pubic hair.
First appear at Bald or bush? Most under 25s shave their pubic hair – and now we know why