Daryl Lindsey
Updated Dec 06, 2016 @ 12:07 pm
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We all have our methods of dealing (or not dealing) with the hair down there. Whatever your methods, a new study says we should be careful when it comes to pubic hair removal: There may be a link between frequent pubic hair grooming and STIs.

Researchers theorize that people who frequently wax, shave, or trim are more likely to have small cuts around their pubic region, which can lead to a transfer of infection even when using condoms.

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Researchers suggest anyone who grooms regularly and is sexually active should check themselves thoroughly for cuts before engaging in sexual activity — a healthy conversation with your partner about STIs and protection never hurts, either.