If you dread your regular visit to the waxer, you might find some solace in knowing you're not alone: A new study has found that many women are choosing to go au naturel these days.
Commissioned by British pharmacy site UKMedix.com, the survey polled 1,870 women across the UK ages 18-30, asking them, "Do you style or groom the hair in your bikini region?" The answer: 49 percent said yes, while 51 percent said no.
Of those women who have decided to forego grooming, 45 percent said they "used to, but don't any longer," while 14 percent said they couldn't afford all of those pricey waxes. That's a pretty high attrition rate, if you ask us.
Perhaps these ladies got wind of the fact that men are also shifting their preferences toward a more natural down-there aesthetic. However, pleasing men wasn't the women's chief concern -- the survey also found that 30 percent of young women simply preferred the "natural look." (Plus, 62 percent of respondents reported that their partners had the same preference!)
This should come as good news to all of the women anxiously popping aspirins and sipping glasses of wine before their monthly appointments (i.e. us). Also, when you skip waxing, you can finally put all of those awkward bikini line questions to rest (seriously, can you get a wax during your period?). But less grooming certainly does come with its own series of issues -- just ask Gwyneth Paltrow.
Moral of the story? If you're over waxing, you have options -- and you're certainly not alone.
At least waxing isn't as awkward as these beauty procedures: