to Shave completely the pubic hair does not increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDS), according to a new study that is not found connection between the toilet "end" and the chlamydia or gonorrhea, according to a new study published this Wednesday in the journal "PLOS ONE".
previous Investigations and many media reports have warned women about a connection between waxing pubic and STDS , but researchers from the Ohio State University, wondered just how strong was that relationship, if it existed.
So they devised a study that, unlike previous work in this area, was based on diagnoses confirmed by laboratory two ETS common. The study included 214 undergraduate students, all women.
The researchers examined any possible link between the removal of all the pubic hair at least once a week in the last year, or at least six times in the last month and a positive result for chlamydia or gonorrhea. And not found connection .No connection
Jamie Luster, the study's lead author and former graduate student in public health in the state of Ohio, says that she wasn't too surprised not to find any connection in this study, mainly because there is a clear biological reason to believe that shaving or waxing would lead to a greater risk of these STDS are common.
The women participating in the study, who visited a location on the campus of the state of Ohio to get tested for STDS, they completed a questionnaire that asked about their sexual behaviors and grooming . Almost all (98%) said that they had fixed up a little, and between 18 and 54% were depilated so "extreme", according to the two measures used in the study.
The participants also agreed to allow the researchers to receive the results of their STD tests. Around 10% of women had a positive test.
Although this study was small, it is important for women to know that the research in this area is not conclusive , despite what they may see in an Internet search on the topic or listen to their friends, " says Luster, who is now a researcher at the University of Michigan.
The new study highlights the importance of taking action yes it is known to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, warn Luster and his advisor at the job, the associate professor of epidemiology the Ohio state university, Maria Gallo.
The Centers for the Control and the Disease Prevention estimated that about 2.86 million new infections by chlamydia and 820.000 new infections of gonorrhea occur in the united States each year, many in adolescents and young adults.
The prevention recommendations of the agency for the sexually active people include staying in a mutually monogamous relationship long-term with a partner free of STDS, and use condoms.
chlamydia and gonorrhea are caused by bacteria, infect both men and women and can cause infections of the reproductive tract that can have long-lasting damage. If untreated, both infections can make it difficult for a woman to become pregnant in the future.confounding
Gallo believes that this study improves previous research by considering carefully the possible confounding factors that include frequency sex, income, race, and age.
"Particularly disturbing is that the previous work did not adjust to the frequency of intercourse. It could be that women who had more sex with more people and, therefore, had more chances of getting infections , were more likely to be fixed," adds Gallo.
By relying on the evidence confirmed by the laboratory of ETS, the study of the state of Ohio also improves previous research, which had been based on the self-reports of the participants about the infections, says Luster.
"previous Research asked participants if they had ever had a sexually transmitted infection, but not measured if they had one at the time of the survey. That makes the connection habits of toilet present with STDS", he warns.
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