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Groin Injuries in Women on the Rise

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From data collected through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), a service of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have published a survey that shows that groin injuries are very common and can be categorized based on age and gender with the type of injury. One example of gender-common injuries are cuts and infections related to shaving or grooming pubic hair in women that has seen a five-fold increase between 2002 and 2010.

However, when it comes to overall groin injuries, men have women beat accounting for approximately 70% of all groin injuries—especially in young men aged 18 to 28 who account for over one-third of all groin injuries.

Groin injuries include a wide range of injuries to the genitourinary system that include not just the “externals,” but the urinary tract and kidneys as well. According to a survey published in The Journal of Urology this week, groin injuries during the time period between the years 2002 and 2010 averaged to about 16,000 groin injury cases per year. Researchers believe that this is an underreporting of the actual numbers due to many may receive injuries at home, but likely do not seek treatment at an ER or hospital.

The value of this survey is that it shows that groin injuries tend to cluster into specific age groups with specific activities or consumer products. Therefore, with increased education/awareness and modification of some consumer products, many injuries to the groin could be avoided.

"It shows which groups are at risk and with which products," says UCSF urologist Benjamin Breyer MD, MAS, who led the research.

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For younger men, many groin injuries are due to bicycling accidents when the groin strikes a non-padded crossbar. Older men tend to receive a groin injury while stepping out of the tub with one foot, slipping with each foot on a different type of surface, and then going into a painful split across the rim of the bathtub.

Statistics from a survey of U.S. emergency department visits between 2002 and 2010 list the following injuries as a relative comparative incidence of occurrence:

• Bicycles – 1,212
• Razors, scissors and clippers – 1,089
• Zipper injuries – 951
• Bathroom falls and mishaps – 818
• Basketball equipment – 309
• Baseball and softball equipment – 240
• Skiing and snowboarding equipment – 182

Prevention methods to name a few could include additional padding on the framework of bicycles in strategic areas, non-slip bathtub strips and mats, and improved pubic grooming products and instruction for safer shaving or waxing of sensitive and microbe-prone areas.

For information about accidents and safety at home, follow this link to an article titled “What Parents Should Know about Trampolines to Keep Their Children Safe.”

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Reference: “Product Related Adult Genitourinary Injuries Treated in United States Emergency Departments from 2002 – 2010” The Journal of Urology; published online 05 November 2012; Herman S. Bagga, MD et al.