Men and women have groomed their pubic hair for centuries. However, the practice appears to be more common nowadays, especially among younger women in western cultures.
Some people decide to remove all of their pubic hair, while others choose to remove it only in certain areas, such as the inner thighs or above the vagina. Some trim it from time to time. Grooming may also depend on circumstances, such as a visit to a healthcare provider or a vacation.
In 2016, JAMA Dermatology published a study on pubic hair grooming habits of women living in the United States. In a survey of 3,316 women between the ages of 18 and 65, researchers found that 84% of respondents had groomed their pubic hair at some point in their lives. Groomers tended to be younger.
Of those who did groom, almost half said they did so weekly or monthly. About three quarters reported grooming the area above and around the vagina.
Sixty-one percent used nonelectric razors to perform their grooming tasks, and 18% used scissors.
Less information is available for men. However, a 2015 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine looked at grooming practices among 1,110 college-age men and women. The participants were students at two U.S. universities.
About 19% of the men said they were usually hair-free, compared to 50% of the women. Twenty-two percent of the men reported trimming their pubic hair but not removing it; for women, the rate was 6%. Thirteen percent of the men did not groom their pubic hair at all; 4% of the women said the same.
Nowadays, removing pubic hair is generally a matter of style and personal preference. The practice has no specific medical benefits. Still, people who choose to groom are advised to do so carefully. To learn more, please click here.