Can Hair-Relaxers Increase Your Risk to Fibroids?

The answer is yes. The American Journal of Epidemiology released a study that suggests fibroids are two-to-three times higher in Black women who used chemical relaxers. The study also reveals that uterine fibroids can happen as early as puberty in young girls.

Side Bar:

  • Epidemiology is the study of people; specifically analyzing the effect of patterns, health causes, diseases, etc. have on humans.

  • Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus, vary in size from a pea size to melon size. They are most common in women in their 30s and 40s and usually shrink after menopause. 20%-50% of women have or will have fibroids at some time in their lives. If a woman’s mother has had fibroids, the daughter’s chances increase three times to have them herself.

Scientists monitored more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009. They discovered that black women have a 2-3x higher rate of getting fibroids and it may be linked to a chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns stemming from relaxers.

The scientists also discovered that young girls, who start their first menstrual period before the age of 10, were more likely to have uterine fibroids; plus, early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using. Since many of the black hair products are not FDA approved, then it is difficult to specify which chemicals causes harm.

Reduce Your Risk of Fibroids by:

–        Consuming more Vitamin D

–        Sit less; Be active.

–        Diet higher in fruits and vegetables, rather than meats.

–        Decrease intake of caffeine and alcohol

–        Eat foods high in fiber: flaxseed, whole grain, legumes, etc.

–        Regular doctor visits with a gynecologist.

                                                                               Thanks Chelsea for the assist!


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