Some people like to have pubic hair removed and completely smooth, but doctors are warning if you do that, you could be at greater risk of STIs.

Small tears in the skin from shaving or even trimming could make it easier for infections, according to new research.

The findings, from a survey of more than 7,500 men and women, also found public hair trimmers were more likely to engage in ‘risky’ sexual behavior.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, found any type of grooming was linked to an increased risk of having a sexually transmitted infection. The more frequent and excessive the grooming, the greater the risk. Those who completely shaved off their public hair were three to four times more likely to contract a STI, particularly herpes and HPV.

Doctors advised to let the skin heal before having sex if you remove your pubic hair, or to remove it less frequently.

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