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The Pros And Cons Of Shaving Pubic Hair: From Itchiness And STIs To Avoiding Pubic Lice

11/01/2016 14:08 GMT | Updated 27/01/2016 11:59 GMT

For years, men and women have turned to razors and wax strips to rid themselves of hair downstairs.

Between 70-80% of adults remove their pubic hair to some degree, according to BuzzFeed. But is it actually worth the hassle?

Removing your pubes could leave your skin spotty and itchy. Meanwhile other possible side effects include cuts, blisters, pimples, razor burn, bumps and ingrown hairs.

Additionally, shaving off all of your pubes may lead to folliculitis - a common skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed. This leaves sufferers with small red bumps or white-headed pimples growing around their hair follicles.

If left untreated, the infection can spread and turn into non-healing, crusty sores.

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Those who are frequent waxers could have an increased risk of catching certain types of STIs.

Pubic hair removal has been linked to an increased risk of molluscum contagiosum, a skin virus causing raised bumps or growths.

It's often recommended that people refrain from having sex after waxing.

But it isn't all doom and gloom, as scientists said there's a strong correlation between the drop in public lice and an increase in pubic hair removal.

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