Researchers recently conducted a study about pubic hair at two public universities in the U.S.: a large one in the Midwest, and a small one in the South.
They gathered data from 1,100 college-student participants (671 self-reported women, and 439 self-reported men), analyzed the responses, and published their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
They asked the study participants questions about their pubes, their pubic hair preferences in a partner, and their sexual behavior, among other things.
The study doesn't reflect how all people in the United States treat their pubes, but the findings are still pretty interesting. Especially the findings about men's pubic hair removal (a fairly new topic of study), and what people preferred in their partners, which hadn't been extensively covered before, according to one of the study authors, Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., author of The Coregasm Workout (Seal Press, 2015), in an email to BuzzFeed Life.
Here are some of the researchers' findings:
1. Men were more likely than women to report keeping a fully natural bush over the past four weeks.
Stats: 13% of men and 4% of women reported not trimming or removing any hair during the time period.
2. On the other side of the spectrum, nearly half the men in the study said they'd shaved off ALL their pubic hair at least once in the previous four weeks.
3. Approximately 95% of people in the study said they'd done some sort of hair removal at least once in the past four weeks.
That could mean anything, though, from minor trimming to going totally bald, all day every day.