Whether for aesthetic or hygiene reasons, it’s quite the norm to banish the bush.

However, a new study by the University of California, San Francisco has found that people who regularly shave or wax their pubic area are up to 80 per cent more likely to develop an STI. These hair removal methods can create tears and cuts in your skin, allowing bacteria and viruses to easily enter your system.

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While the researchers did not ask the participants if they were having safe sex, a link between pubic grooming and STIs has been established, so you might want to think twice about going bare down there.

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