Whether it’s waxing, shaving, trimming or laser zapping, we are obsessed with removing our pubic hair. But the grooming practice is actually much more dangerous than you think.

According to new research, published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, 76% of Americans primp their pubes in some way or another.

But roughly a quarter of people who rid themselves of hair down there also suffer from injuries.

Hair removal horrors included cuts, rashes and burns and in the most severe cases they required medical attention.


Steps On How to Shave Your Genitals (Male)

  • Trim the hair. Buy a safety razor and trim the pubic area to less than 1/4″. …
  • Avoid using chemical depilatories. These are products that “melt” the hair away. …
  • Get in position. …
  • Lather the area for shaving. …
  • Begin shaving. …
  • Shave above the penis. …
  • Shave the sides. …
  • Shave between the penis and scrotum.


 

Dr. Benjamin Breyer, vice chair of urology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), discovered that 3% of adults who came into the uni emergency room were afflicted with cases of grooming gone wrong.

People who frequently removed their pubes and those who were completely bare down there were the most likely to suffer from sores in the process.

And a whopping 60% of the injuries were cuts meaning that shaving could be one of the most hazardous ways to keep things trim.

Dr. Benjamin told Time: “One lesson to take from this is that if you have had significant grooming injuries, or keep getting injured, you should reconsider the areas you groom, how frequently you do it and the extent to which you do it.

Most people think that primping your pubic region is harmless but it could actually lead to a number of life-threatening infections and increase your risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease.