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Can 'manscaping' improve sexual health?

A recent survey conducted by Cosmopolitan magazine and AskMen.com revealed that many men are grooming their pubic and body hair more than ever, in a process known by many as "manscaping."

The survey of 1,000 men found that 95 percent of respondents participate in some sort of body hair grooming, such as waxing, trimming and clipping. While the majority take their manscaping into their own hands, some visit professional salons. 

"Men who have a hairy back or chest definitely want to tame it with clippers or totally wax it off," California salon owner Jane Pham told Cosmopolitan. "But what I've really seen exploding recently is below-the-belt cleanup."

But it's not just men who are keeping their pubic areas manicured these days. According to Bloomberg News, more than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair. It's a trend that is growing in popularity in western countries. 

Experts say the increase in trimming of pubic hair among both men and women may be behind the decline in new cases of the sexually transmitted disease pubic lice, which is also known as "crabs."

In fact, Bloomberg reported that many doctors attribute the decrease in crabs to better grooming. An Australian study even found a that a large sexual health clinic hasn't seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008 and male cases have fallen by 80 percent in the past decade.

"It used to be extremely common but now it's now rarely seen," Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales's Kirby Institute, told the news source. "Without doubt, it's better grooming."

Unlike other STDs, condom use won't prevent individuals from getting crabs. However, people with public lice may also be at an increased risk for other STDs and should discuss testing options with a healthcare professional.

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