Ridiculous Study of the Week: Shaving Pubic Hair

The headline Shaving pubic hair related to STIs: study was enough to sucker me in.  It goes on to say that:

A new study done at the University of California—San Francisco reports that people who regularly groom their pubic hair are 75% more likely to develop a sexually transmitted infection than non-groomers.

Questions hit my brain immediately.

  1. Why was money spent studying this?
  2. Why did they use a survey instead of just tracking backwards from proven STD cases and seeing if they shaved?
  3. How could they come up with the conclusion that “the act of shaving may create ‘epidermal microtears’ that might allow transmission of bacteria or viruses like HPV?”

No one ever sees a case of crabs or pubic lice anymore. There used to be great jokes about this ailment but, alas, they are gone.  Shaving stopped that.  More importantly,  isn’t it just obvious that “shavers” have more sex, which leads to higher cases of STDs?  This brings me back to the my first question, why was money spent studying this?


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Shaving Pubic Hair

  1. Peggy Mannion
    December 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Stop shaving! It is a ridiculous trend which has it’s roots in pornography… a shaved perineum guarantees a better photo! Leave women alone.. the practice is irritating and uncomfortable.

  2. HJR
    December 13, 2016 at 8:13 am

    It was done do that some ivory tower douche could get his picture next to the byline. This is why all studies are done. See, easy!

  3. Thomas Guastavino
    December 13, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Its San Francisco, what did you expect?

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