Table 1

Demographic and sexual behavioural characteristics of participants by grooming subtypes in a nationally representative US probability sample, 2013

  Non-groomersGroomersExtreme groomersHigh-frequency groomers
n=1953n=5517n=922n=1196
Age (years) (mean (SD))49.8 (13.0)43.3 (13.0)37.4 (12.2)38.8 (12.3)
Sex (%)Male1415 (73)2739 (50)347 (38)404 (34)
Female538 (28)2778 (50)575 (62)792 (66.2)
Annual number of sexual partners (mean (SD))Per year1.23 (2.1)1.92 (21.7)3.24 (36.7)1.90 (9.9)
Lifetime13.8 (52.3)16.5 (60.1)22.1 (75.6)16.9 (49.4)
Frequency of sexual activity (%)Less than monthly298 (23)738 (17)103 (13)120 (12)
Monthly422 (32)1169 (27)168 (21)217 (21)
Weekly560 (43)2325 (53)478 (59)632 (61)
Daily3816175 (4)58 (7)71 (7)
  • Extreme grooming—removal of all pubic hair more than 11 times per year.

  • High-frequency grooming—hair trimming daily or weekly.