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Prevalence and Motivation: Pubic Hair Grooming Among Men in the United States.

Authors
  • Gaither, Thomas W1
  • Awad, Mohannad A1, 2
  • Osterberg, E Charles1
  • Rowen, Tami S1
  • Shindel, Alan W3
  • Breyer, Benjamin N1
  • 1 1 University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 2 2 King Abdul Aziz University, Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 3 3 Genomic Health, Redwood City, CA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of men's health
Publication Date
May 2017
Volume
11
Issue
3
Pages
620–640
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1557988316661315
PMID: 27480727
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pubic hair grooming is a growing phenomenon and is associated with body image and sexual activity. A nationally representative survey of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 to 65 years residing in the United States was conducted. Differences in demographic and sexual characteristics between groomers and nongroomers were explored. Four thousand one hundred and ninety-eight men completed the survey. Of these men, 2,120 (50.5%) reported regular pubic hair grooming. The prevalence of grooming decreases with age, odds ratio = 0.95 (95% confidence interval [0.94, 0.96]), p < .001. Adjusting for sexual frequency and sexual orientation, grooming is associated with performing and receiving oral sex. The majority of men report grooming in preparation for sexual activity with a peak prevalence of 73% among men aged 25 to 34 years, followed by hygiene (61%) and routine care (44%). The majority of men who remove their pubic hair groom the hair above the penis (87%), followed by the scrotum (66%) and the penile shaft (57%). Overall, pubic hair grooming is common among men aged 18 to 65 years in the United States. Younger ages are associated with greater rates of pubic hair grooming. Many men groom for sex, in particular oral sex, as well as for routine care and hygiene.

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