Bad news: shaving or waxing your pubic hair can increase your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
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 hair are up to 80 percent more likely to develop an STI, as these hair removal methods can create tears and cuts in your skin, allowing bacteria and viruses to easily enter your system. While the researchers did not ask their participants if they were having safe sex, the link between pubic grooming and STIs has been established, so you might want to think twice about going bare down there.
“I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone, they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.” Lady Gaga.
Most us find ourselves in this position on a waxing table, but for Shailene, it's a protest move.
Shailene Woodley @shailenewoodley.