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    Ow! Pubic hair grooming injuries on the rise, researchers find
    gymrat44 posted:
    This item posted today on
    Whether it's a DIY Brazilian wax or a botched attempt at "manscaping," homegrown efforts to remove the hair down there are sending more people to emergency rooms, new research suggests.

    Pubic hair grooming injuries jumped five-fold between 2002 and 2010, according to a recent analysis of ER visits by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. The cringe-inducing reports increased most at the end of the time frame, with an estimated 2,500 grooming mishaps a year by 2010.
    And those are just the cuts, burns, gashes, rashes and other unpleasant outcomes that required emergency medical attention, said Dr. Allison Glass, a clinical researcher at UCSF. Those figures are likely a vast underestimate of the true injuries, and a reminder, among other things, of the need for extra care when wielding razors or hot wax.
    "We actually found that 3 percent of all genitourinary injuries were related to grooming practices," said Glass. "I think the message is this is something that general practitioners and urologists should be aware of."
    Not to mention the average Jane -- or Joe -- considering a little trimming.
    Pubic hair grooming has become increasingly common, virtually ubiquitous, in recent decades, the report published in the journal Urology notes. Surveys suggest that between 70 percent and 88 percent of young women in the U.S. partially or fully remove their pubic hair, the study said. Among men, both gay and straight, the estimates ranged between 58 percent and 78 percent.

    Nearly 57 percent of the injuries logged in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database were in women, but 43 percent affected men, a surprise to some urologists, Glass said.
    "This is not a female thing. It's a male thing, too," she said.
    Shaving razors were the culprit in 83 percent of the injuries, with cuts being most common result. Scissors were used in nearly 22 percent of injuries, and hot wax led to 1.4 percent of the harm.
    The accounts of the reported injuries would make anyone squirm. Suffice it to say that the 17-year-old boy who picked up a razor after smoking marijuana now understands that that was a bad idea.
    What's behind the reason for the rise in the most private of grooming injuries? Glass suggests that it's caused in no small part by a social shift that has filtered down to girls as young as 12. A 2011 study by researchers at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University analyzed Playboy centerfold images between 1953 and 2007. They found that pubic hair began disappearing from popular pinup depictions starting in the 1970s and disappeared by the late 2000s.
    "Changing beauty ideals are reflected in media sources … and have likely contributed to the expansion of this cultural trend," Glass and her colleagues wrote.
    The mean age of those injured was nearly 31, the study found. But almost half of the injuries in women occurred in those aged 19 to 28 -- with nearly 29 percent occurring in girls younger than 18. In men, the harm was more evenly distributed, with about 37 percent in those aged 19 to 28, and nearly 30 percent in those aged 29 to 45. Only 16 percent of injuries occurred in boys younger than 18.

    So -- be careful out there, guys! I've been shaving my cock and balls about twice a week for the last two years or so without incident -- I guess I'm lucky. I make sure to use a gel and not a cream so that I can see what I'm doing and make sure my razor blade isn't too dull. But I guess that after some 50 years of shaving at least parts of my face I've gotten the hang of it. Guess the matter takes more care than I might have realized! I just use lots of gel and take small strokes, same as I might on a place on my face I was being careful of, like around my lips.
    manhood should be enjoyed, not proven -- gymrat44
    Polfsky responded:
    Yah, reading this makes me cringe. I sure don't wanna end up at the hospital explaining to the doctor what I was doing down there.

    Tried shaving my pube once. Never again. Felt scratchy and itchy.

    Stay safe!
    silverteenager replied to Polfsky's response:
    best way to shave the boys is in the shower with a good razor and plenty of gel lather them up and even when the gel is gone you will have a smooth set.
    Polfsky replied to silverteenager's response:
    Yes I did just that under warm water and it was fine then. The uncomfortable part was rough, scratchy stubble after a few days.
    gq12 replied to Polfsky's response:
    I've been shaving it for years w/out incident. Nair type products can burn (especially your balls) and waxing at home seems a bit dicey. I love getting waxed at a place where the tech gets to handle your junk alot anyway!!
    The worst I ever had was a nick with clippers w/out the attachment, but it was better in a day or two.
    gymrat44 replied to gq12's response:
    Guess I'd better have more care and humility on this topic. Since I posted the news article six days ago I nicked my dick for the very first time during my most recent shaving session. It was only a pinprick, the bleeding stopped right away and the next day I couldn't see where the nick had been. But it reminded me that I only have one of them and I'd better take care of it each and every time I clean it up.

    Take care, guys!
    manhood should be enjoyed, not proven -- gymrat44
    joe8843 replied to gymrat44's response:
    I've been shaving my ball sack and penis shaft for some time now with out any significant problems.I do get an occassional nick much like what happens when you shave. TThere is no reason to stop shaving, just be caareful and use a sharp razor.
    runlift replied to joe8843's response:
    same here guys, gotta be careful love the smooth feeling
    21finish replied to gymrat44's response:
    I can identify! Been shaving my balls for about five years. The first few times, it seems like I nicked something every time and more than once had to use a couple band-aids for a day or so. For the past three years, it hasn't happened much but if I get rushed or careless, ouch! The shower with lots of soaking in hot soapy water in preparation is key. Then a sharp (not the one your wife uses) razor with a good gel or what also works well is hair conditioner - the kind used after a shampoo. It's very slick yet you have almost complete visibility of where you're putting that sharp object.

    And DON'T use your electric face razor. I tried that a couple of times figuring if my face could take it so could my balls. That was a terrible assumption and I wound up with several nicks from the rotating knives pulling up on the skin and taking some samples.

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