A Merkin is a wig for the pubic region and may be worn by men or women.

Indications for wearing a Merkin:

(1) control pubic lice (in conjunction with shaving of the genital area)

(2) mask signs of syphilis, genital injury or other lesion

(3) mask genitalia for an actor (the presence of a merkin can avoid the designation of "full frontal nudity")

(4) device for sexual provocation

(5) generalized alopecia from illness or therapy (in conjunction with wigs elsewhere)

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