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Table 1 Sample characteristics, current practices of pubic hair removal, and complications among Saudi women (n = 400) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

From: Practices and complications of pubic hair removal among Saudi women

Age, years 26.3 ± 6.9 (range = 16–58)
Religion
 Muslim 400 (100)
Education level
 High school or lower 209 (52.3)
 Bachelor’s degree or higher 191 (47.7)
Body mass index
 Underweight (BMI < 18.5) 24 (6.0)
 Normal (BMI 18.5–25) 228 (57.0)
 Overweight (BMI 25–30) 92 (23.0)
 Obese (BMI > 30) 39 (9.8)
 Missing 17 (4.2)
Monthly income
 < 5000 Saudi Riyal (<≈1330 US$) 145 (36.3)
 5000–10,000 (≈1331–2665 US$) 127 (31.7)
 10,000–20,000 (≈2666–5330 US$) 65 (16.3)
 > 20,000 (> ≈ 5331 US$) 43 (10.7)
 Missing 20 (5)
Age of pubic hair removal initiation 13.5 ± 1.9 (range = 8–21)
Frequency of hair removal (days) 20.8 ± 14.6 (3–90)
Mode of removal
 Self 308 (77.0)
 Medical clinic 62 (15.5)
 Beauty salon 21 (5.3)
 Home service 9 (2.2)
Method of removal
 Razor blade 134 (33.5)
 Laser 35 (8.7)
 Sugar 24 (6.0)
 Wax 18 (4.5)
 Electric razor 8 (2.0)
 Trim with scissors 8 (2.0)
 Cream 6 (1.5)
 Pluck 0
 Combination of methods 167 (41.8)
Reason for removal
 Appearance 74 (18.5)
 Hygiene 36 (9)
 Religion 22 (5.5)
 Combination of reasons 263 (65.8)
 Missing 5 (1.2)
Has sought and received advice on hair removal
 No 150 (37.5)
 Yes 250 (62.5)
Has received advice on hair removal from
 Mother 172 (68.8)
 Sister 39 (15.6)
 Friend 17 (6.8)
 Physician 10 (4.0)
 Self-reading 12 (4.8)
Clinical complications
 Yes 302 (75.5)
 No 98 (24.5)
Type of complication
 Cuts 31 (10.3)
 Severe itching 30 (9.9)
 Ingrown hairs 27 (8.9)
 Rash 12 (4.0)
 Burn 10 (3.3)
 Allergy 8 (2.6)
 Bruise 6 (2.0)
 Abrasion 6 (2.0)
 Hyperpigmentation 6 (2.0)
 Combined 166 (55.0)
Received treatment for complication
 Yes 54 (17.9)
 No 244 (80.8)
 Missing 4 (1.3)
  1. Data are mean ± SD (range) or number (percentage)