Although much is known about behavioural indicators of pubic hair removal, current research lacks deeper cognitive reasoning and understanding through utilising quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The purpose of this study was to: (1) describe and understand pubic hair removal behaviours using a quantitative survey; and (2) examine the relationship between pubic hair removal, sexual behaviours and genital self-image using in-depth interviews
Data were collected from women aged 18-24 years living in the United States. Overall, 663 participants completed an online survey and 53 completed in-depth interviews. Questions asked related to pubic hair removal and sexual history.
Participants removed hair for hygiene, comfort and sensation purposes, which was a personal decision influenced by family, friends and the media. Race, pubic hair removal initiation age, genital image and sexual behaviours were significantly related to pubic hair removal.
Data from this study prove that further education regarding safe pubic hair removal methods is needed, especially for those who initiate pubic hair removal and sexual behaviours concurrently.
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By: Andrea L. DeMaria A D, Beth Sundstrom B, Stephanie M. McInnis B and Emily RogersC
A Department of Health and Human Performance, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001, USA. B Department of Communication, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001, USA. C Women’s and Gender Studies Program, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001, USA. D Corresponding author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org