Hair Relaxers Linked to Uterine Fibroids


Results of a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows a correlation between hair relaxer use and uterine leiomyomata (fibroid).

Leiomyomata is a benign smooth muscle neoplasm that is rarely premalignant. They can occur in any organ, but the most common forms occur in the uterus, more commonly known as uterine fibroid.

The study on hair relaxer use in relation to uterine fibroid incidence was conducted from 1997 to 2009. Over 23,000 pre-menopausal Black women were followed. They were exposed to various chemicals through scalp lesions and burns. The Scientists found rates of fibroid two-to-three times higher in Black women who used chemical relaxers.

When reading information like this it immediately makes me think, if relaxers could pose that significant of a health risk, why are they still on the market? And, for me it seems that so much misinformation is being so factually spread so fast by so many outlets regarding this study it left me with more questions and wanting to know more facts.

Check out the post on relating to this study where she spoke with the lead author on the Hair Relaxer Use and Risk of Uterine Leiomyomata in African-American Women paper. It was revealed that in the actual study they were only able to raise the hypothesis of an association.

In my opinion, don’t always take what you hear or read at face value. If your curiosity is peaked before jumping to any conclusions, I’d suggest to be sure to scratch below the surface and try finding the source of the information and draw your own conclusions based on that.

This study is definitely interesting. Though it is an empirical research study (first of kind) and is the only study that done to date on this topic with nothing else to compare it against. I definitely hope that the work continues.

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  1. This is a very useful information. Go natural girls!

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