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February 22, 2012

Hair Relaxers and Fibroids?- An Update from Dr. Wise

Hola Chicas,

I managed to catch up with Dr. Wise, the lead author on the "Hair Relaxer Use and Risk of Uterine Leiomyomata in African-American Women" paper. She was impressed at our analysis of the study (see below) and wanted to remind the community that they were only able to raise the hypothesis of an association. She also brought to light that contrary to what Fox reported, their study did not report anything on the relation between hair relaxer use and age at puberty... that was an entirely different study. If you're interested in reading the paper for yourself, leave your email in the comments below and I'll shoot it over to you!

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Katiera shared the following link on my Facebook wall--
A revealing Boston University shows hair relaxers can cause fibroids in the uterus, giving “having unhealthy hair” a whole new meaning.

If relaxers can be so damaging, why would women still use them? For starters, many women wonder if there is another hair-straightening alternative.

Some women say choosing not to wear a relaxer could be the same as choosing not to work or not to advance in a certain industry.



CN SAYS:


I agree with those of you that mentioned that correlation is not the same as causality, and agree with Sophie when she said that it's at least worth a closer look.

According to the study, of the Black women that were diagnosed with having uterine fibroids, a disproportionate amount of those women have used relaxers, a fact that raises the hypothesis that relaxer use may be correlated with increased risk of fibroid development. One factor that complicates this hypothesis is that while black women are more likely to develop uterine fibrosis, black women in general are also more likely to use relaxers. The investigators attempted to control for this, along with many other factors in the study. For instance, if it was the case that they only had one binary measure of relaxer use (use/non-use), then those results would be fairly thin. However, according to the abstract, they analyzed relaxer use, frequency of use, duration of use, and frequency of scalp burns. So the study suggests that use, in general, is correlated with fibroid development; the more you use it, the more frequently you use it, the longer you have used it, and the more often your scalp is burned during use, the more likely you are to develop uterine fibroids. This alone is disturbing.

I'd love to speak with the investigators... if it turns out after more research that there is a causal relationship between relaxer use and fibroid development then we could have a family conversation about whether or not we should change our behavior (refusing to use or demanding better or safer products, etc). No matter what, we certainly shouldn't demonize Black women for relaxer use...this is a health issue that we should be able to discuss freely and safely here. It's a family health issue like any other. Like, if momma develops diabetes, we don't get together and argue and yell at her about all the good soul food meals she’s cooked (queue Mekhi Phifer and Nia Long), instead, we develop a strategy about how to best move forward and save our family. We're all in this together and must, as a community work to keep ourselves healthy. We can't make a choice about our genes, nor escape our Blackness, but we can, in an open forum such as this, figure out how best to use the information that we have to make healthy, informed decisions, whether it's the food we eat, the things we say to each other, how we feel about ourselves, or the products we put on our body.

*My friend and intern Jon tracked down the article and after reading it, Hubby rendered his opinion-

Strengths of the Study-

  • Careful sample selection and panel study format (these are the same people being followed for a period of time and reporting relaxer use prior to fibroid development)
  • Many control variables, the most important of which are time-varying (controlled for throughout the duration of the study)
  • Relaxer use is disaggregated into 4 categories, 3 of which are independently confirmed.
  • Significance levels are consistent and strong
  • Correlation is not causation, BUT, the authors test the causal mechanism directly. They’re not just attacking relaxed black women, but rather have a logic as to why they think relaxers are causing fibroids. The authors believe, but cannot prove, that relaxers contain Phthalates. They can’t prove it because, like our dietary supplements, manufacturers who make relaxers are not subject to regulation by the FDA and don’t have to report what’s inside of these products. It has been demonstrated elsewhere, though not conclusively, that phthalates are associated with uterine fibroid development. However, they have a strong suspicion because, most of these products report having ‘fragrance’ in them and we know that 100% of fragrance contains phthalates. In short, the authors think that these phthalates are introduced into the body when the chemicals burn the scalp. One of the ‘relaxer’ variables, measures the number of burns experienced by users and it turns out more burns are associated with a higher likelihood of fibroids.
  • More Black women use relaxers than not, BUT, the authors test a sub-group of women who have been relaxing for ten years or more. Among these women (fried, dyed and laid to the side types), those who relax more often per year (7 or more times) develop uterine fibroids more often.
Limitations of the study-
  • Some people dropped out of the study… approximately 3000 people were lost during the course of the 10 year study.
  • There was no distinction made for the type of relaxer used. But, many Black women also didn't know what type of relaxer they were using anyway, so this was probably adequately controlled for through randomization.
  • Black women with higher levels of European ancestry relax less. As a result, technically, the study can not distinguish the effect of being African from that of relaxing more. So, it may be the case that Black women are getting fibroids more often because they’re Black, not because they relax.
  • This is only one study... there is no larger body of work to compare it to.

Hubby asks, why were so many people willing to either accept or dismiss the study without further information? Whether it's true or not, would it make you feel a certain way?

176 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

When I look at how beautiful women with natural hair are, I just can't help but think how many people are still burning their hair into "submission" every six weeks. I hope that with the knowledge that is out there now, more women will stop doing this.

I am amazed at how beautiful we are with our natural hair. Just shockingly and startlingly beautiful. Watch out people, black women are taking over the world, one kink/curl/wave at a time.

CURLYNIKKI said...

Is it just me, or have y'all noticed that everybody and their momma has fibroids? I mean, seriously. Several young women in my family... many of my friends... some have even had to have surgery. I've assumed it must be something in our diet, or the fact that maybe I just never paid much attention before. Whatever the case, it sure seems commonplace.

Are there any doctors in the house? School us!

Shelly Robinson said...
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FunkyHairChic said...

I went natural in 2009 and discovered I have fibroids in 2011. I'm not sure if it was from years of relaxing, but I have them. It is becoming more common. I had no idea what they were until a year ago. Interesting study.

Kingsmomma said...

Has anyone seen this study? Ive googled and all I have seen are editorials mainly from natural hair blogs and fox news based on the study but no link to the actual study. I'd love to read it of anyone knows where I can find it.

D said...

My sister and I (who used to relax) both had to have surgery for fibroids. My sister who never relaxed never had them. I stopped relaxing and my fibroids did not return. My sister who is still relaxing has had multiple surgeries.

Mrs. G said...

I had them for years and didn't know it until I became sick and having irregular cycles. In 2007, I had a myomectomy, removing most of them. Long, tedious recovery but this was also the year I stopped getting relaxers. They have stopped growing as rapidly as they should have, per my doctor when I had surgery. Very interesting..

CURLYNIKKI said...

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/01/10/aje.kwr351.short

Anonymous said...

This has to have some bearing on why old school mommas tell you no relaxers when pregnant.

CURLYNIKKI said...

^^^^^ that's the abstract I believe...

Anonymous said...

Almost every African American woman I know has fibroids. My best friend miscarried due to them. Her mother and grandmother also had fibroids. They are all natural now but did relax their hair in the past.

CURLYNIKKI said...

Maybe one of y'all affiliated with a University can pull the full article and let us know if it was methodologically sound, etc.

24hourhair said...

Hi CurlyNikki, I too have Uterine Fibroids that was diagnosed over 8 years ago when my daughter was about 5 years old. Over the course of the years the Fibroids have grown tremendously and now I am faced with the need for a hysterectomy. I have been told by my OBGYN that my abdomen is of the size of a pregnant woman in 5th month of pregnancy. My mom had an Hysterectomy several years ago after the regrowth of Fibroids that were removed after she had my little sister. I stopped using relaxers back in 2009 and am fully natural. When I was pregnant I wore my hair in extensions and braids and did not get relaxers or colored my hair. My Fibroids actually still is growing even after stopping my relaxers and after a UFE procedure, Uterine Fibroid Embolization. back in 2010. In a UFE the blood supply is cut off that is feeding the fibroids.

SimplyDebra said...

I have been told by doctors that black women have fibroids because of being overweight, which causes increased estrogen. The hormone imbalance increases the chances of having fibroids. I was concerned because many women in my family have had them. I, too, would like to actually read the study because I know many, many Caucasian women with straight hair who have uterine fibroids. I just read the abstract Curly Nikki linked to, but it doesn't actually confirm anything. It said it "raises the hypothesis." I hope natural hair bloggers don't spread further misinformation. Two of my family members who had uterine fibroids were natural.

Anonymous said...

My last [kiddie] relaxer was Oct 09. I tried to go natural once before in '05 ,but I knew this time ,in '09,would be a firm transition. Also, the documentary Good Hair was the final confirmation ; seeing the harsh chemical components of relaxers. After years of scalpburns, from both regular & sensitive strength relaxers, I got to the point that I dreaded getting a relaxer. Sure, I'd wake up with straight hair, but that straight hair would be stuck to my scalp. So antibiotic ointment was my friend. I dont regret my decision.
Last year after having severe pains & bleeding I was diagnosed with fibroids for which I now have to have open surgery. :-( I'm very interested in reading the actual study. So if anyone can find that study & post it to Curly Nikki's website I'd greatly appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

My mother, aunt, and grandmother all had fibroids which resulted in surgery. All relaxed their hair for many years. My mother just went natural in 2006. Thankfully, I don't have them, but then again, I only relaxed my hair for about 4 years total...even when I relaxed, it wasn't often.
I do think it's diet related. What's sad is, it seems like African American women are predisposed to so many diseases/conditions. What can we do?

Jameela/BohemianEarth said...

This could shed some light on why black women are more likely to have fibroids (in addition to diet), but, like others, I'd like to see more substantial research. My mother, who relaxed her hair for most of her life and recently went natural, had so many issues with fibroids and other uterine troubles that she had to have a complete hysterectomy in her 50s.

QueenDBW said...

I was diagnosed with fibroids in my twenties (I'm 40). When I was pg with my son, my ob/gyn told me I had a fibroid that probably explained some things I'd gone through physically. I didn't relax while pg, and she told me after I had him that it was gone (this was 1999). Then when I was pg with my daughter, in 2003, same dr told me I ha some growths on my placenta. I had to be induced at 37 weeks b/c they started growing too. This is scary stuff. I've been natural for 2 years now and I'm never going back.
Also, someone said something about so many black women having them because they're overweight and I have to disagree. That may be a factor, but I was a size three when I was diagnosed. And i was a size 7/8 when I got pregnant with my daughter, so there has to be some other causality...

Anonymous said...

I think it would be beneficial to see the details of the study to better understand the findings.

I relaxed until I was 30 and I have had fibroids for at least 9 years. They were first detected during my last pregnancy and are classified as "small". In terms of symptoms, it is possible that the fibroids are one reason for my heavy periods, but since I'm 44, the cause could be pre-menopause. At this point, there is no need to remove the fibroids.

However, my aunt and sister had fibroids that required surgery. Neither relaxed their hair: my aunt was (and is) a hippie and my sister has 3a/3b hair and was never interested in chemical straightening.

To my knowledge, there has been no definitive answer on what causes uterine fibroids and the higher incidence among Black women. I have heard reasons such as heredity, being overweight/obese which causes hormonal imbalances, and also the effect of artificial hormones in our food supply.

Jess said...

I am half African American and I will be going into surgery this May to remove two Mural and Submucosal fibroids, each the size of a grapefruit. The procedure I am having done is called a laproscopic procedure, which is supposed to be minimally invasive. My periods are horrible (very heavy bleeding, huge clots, flooding) and I am currently taking cyklokapron and ponstan to reduce the bleeding, it has helped to reduce the bleeding to a regular heavy period for me as opposed to soiling my clothes even with super heavy tampons and pads. But I am taking 12 pills a day during my period. My quality of life is not what it should be, I am anemic and I dread my period. I am hoping this surgery will help to reduce my periods. I will keep posted.

Jess said...

BTW I have never relaxed my hair in my life. My mom (African American) has also had bad fibroids as well and she didn't use relaxer. I think fibroids could be part of our genetic blueprint, seeing how we are prone to sickle cell anemia too.

24hourhair said...

@SimplyDebra That doctor is so wrong, Black women do not get Fibroids because they are overweight. When I was first diagnosed with Fibroids I was 115 lbs and currently I am 122 lbs. Fibroids for the most part is hereditary.

LBell said...

The author of that Fox Houston story inserted a reactionary statement just to launch yet another (tired IMO) article about this "trend" of natural hair amongst black women.

In truth there has been and still is NO CONCLUSIVE PROOF that relaxers are a direct or indirect cause of fibroids. I'm looking at the full text of the cited journal article right now (because I have access through my university) but it's not even necessary to read it because the last sentence of the abstract says it all: "These findings raise the hypothesis that hair relaxer use increases uterine leiomyomata risk."

There's a HUGE leap between HYPOTHESIS ("we think there may be a connection between relaxer use and fibroid development") and FACT ("relaxers cause fibroids"). I learned that in grade school and I'm not even a scientist!

For the record: My sisters and I all went natural at about the same time. I was diagnosed with fibroids two years AFTER I went natural; my sisters several years later. One didn't even know she had a fibroid until she was trying to get pregnant. My mom was diagnosed with fibroids in her late-30s (as was I), by which time she had been using relaxers for about 10 years. My grandmother had fibroids and NEVER used relaxers.

Based on my reading, obesity is one of the few KNOWN risk factors for fibroids. Again, "risk" doesn't mean "guarantee". My mom was pretty skinny when she was diagnosed; the rest of us, not so much.

LBell said...

Correction: I wasn't in my late-30s when I was diagnosed; I was in my early-30s.

Anonymous said...

This article touches on it as well and has a few more details- http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_8598.shtml#.Tz3a6ZjESy4.facebook

Anonymous said...

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I'm no scientist either but have some training in statistics and the first thing you learn is that correlation does not imply causation. Black women are predisposed towards fibroids. Black women relax their hair. One thing does not necessarily cause the other. It's annoying to read fear mongering articles like that because it doesn't present the full picture.

Sophie said...

As people have noted here, a lot of people are genetically predisposed to fibroids. Environmental causes are usually chemicals that mimic hormones because estrogen and progesterone are important in the proliferation of cells in the uterus. I do agree that correlation and causation are two different things, but I think it's worth thinking about. I think relaxing during pregnancy should likely be avoided because even if it doesn't cause fibroids, you share your blood supply with your child and you can filter more chemicals that end up in your system than their developing body can. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure of the ingredients in modern relaxers. That would probably help this discussion too.

Anonymous said...

@simplydebra I too have uterine fibroid'. I don't know if weight is the cause. My mother and I both have fibroids and neither one of us is overweight. I was listening to Dr. Christine Northrup and she said that fibroid growth is stimulated by estrogen, and in women with estrogen dominance, they can grow quite quickly and become quite large, especially during perimenopause. See http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=64

Antoinette

Anonymous said...

I had surgery in December 2010 to remove 4 large Fibroids. I decided not to relax after that point. The severe anemia,associated with large fibroids, causes hair breakage. My hair is so healthy and full now. So, if you have had fibroids removed and had experienced iron anemia, I would stop or decrease my use of relaxers. It was beneficial in my experience.

Anonymous said...

I would not be surprised if there was some side effect from relaxers, BUT I have to say I think the biggest reason for this is DIET!

My period cramps were almost legendary. I had to take narcotic strength pills for the pain & they STILL didn't help me. Then for some reason, I went raw for about 2 years (still got relaxers) and for the FIRST TIME in my life, my periods were so pain-free (not even a Midol was needed) and regular, that I was blown away.

I've been transitioning for about 14 months now. About 6 months ago, I started eating crap food again and not making sure I eat at least a certain number of raw veggies & fruits and GUESS WHAT? Painful periods came back. So, I started back including raw foods DAILY and it's helped tremendously.

Bottom line: I can say for certain that DIET changed this, but have no personal evidence for relaxed/natural differences.

Anonymous said...

While I realize the Boston University study is not conclusive, it shouldn't be shocking that the regular application of harsh chemicals on the thinnest part of our skin could have serious health consequences. Black hair care is big business and I expect corporations with a financial interest in our "relaxer culture" will do whatever they can to discredit this research. How many decades did people wait for "more evidence" to accept that smoking is dangerous? This fibroid study is a wake up call for me. I'm planning my first BC in March. No more relaxers for this girl!

Anonymous said...

Being a college student, I don't believe anything unless i read the actual study. Which is here for those who can open it (http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/01/10/aje.kwr351.full). I was really shocked, i usually put most things off as media sensationalism or misinterpretation of the information but this seems legit. So happy i'm transitioning!

SimplyDebra said...

Ladies, you have all left insightful comments. To clarify, the doctors that I have consulted with never said that weight was a cause, but is a risk factor, like LBell indicated. An unhealthy body weight leads to increased hormone production and those hormones cause the fibroids to grow. The problems associated with fibroids are due to their growth. Natural hair is a wonderful choice, but I think it is not good to blame relaxers instead of finding the true cause and potential cure for a condition that causes problems for so many women and their families. Yes, slim women get uterine fibroids and Caucasian women and others do, too.

Jo Somebody said...

Hello all!
I copied the article into the CN forums, so you can read it here:
http://www.curlynikkiforums.com/non-hair-discussion/15437-fibroids-6.html

Hope that helps. I'm off to give it a good read too. Interesting stuff! :-\

PhenomenallyMe said...

The psychologist in you came out! I have a degree in psychology and was going through giving it a lit review too!!!!

Good find though. I hope they get to the bottom of it

Anonymous said...

Hi there! Excuse me for mistakes Im senegalese and I don't speak english very well. I went natural since 10 month and im so happy. When my hair was relaxed certain part of my head like the top burned. And now I no longer have to worry about that. Thanks nikki for the post.

Anonymous said...

@Simply, I understand your statements, but definitely understanding risk factors can lead to reduced numbers of cases. After looking at the journal article, methodology, large sample size, and analyses, the article in question has uncovered very real and critical information. As Nikki said, it does not imply causation, but analyses show a very strong correlation. While we monitor our diet, exercise and different aspects of our lives, it is important to understand all the potential harms we may expose ourselves to (including relaxers). Why work on a few known risk factors and not others? - Natasha

E.M.B. said...

Both my sister and I have fibroids and neither on of us have ever had a relaxer nor are we overweight. I really believe that black women are predisposed to them as a genetic abnormality not an environmental issue.

Anonymous said...

The study mentioned that "Black women with higher levels of European ancestry relax less." I have a high level of European ancestry (skin color very pale, light brown eyes) but I needed to relax my hair every 4 weeks. The main reason was because it grew so fast and was quite tightly curled. I gave up the chemicals when I was was 23 years old, and have embraced wearing natural locs for the past 10 years. There is no way I am ever going back to relaxed hair: the expense, the scalp burning, the sitting under the dryer with curlers in my hair, the breakage, the upkeep, the not-being-able-to-jump-in-the-pool (unless you want to ruin your shiny hair) dilemmas.... no thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would like to hear more from people who have never relaxed.

Anonymous said...

Just to add my little two cents...when I was in my late teens to early teens, I was diagnosed with fibroid tumors. Various tumors ranging in different sizes infiltrated my uterus (sorry TMI), with the largest being about golf ball size. I had been relaxed since age 5, suffering form chemical burns severely nearly at every application. It was just a way of life, that I got used to. However in 2006 after i had my first child, I went natural( Best decision I ever made). Now as we roll around to 2012, and I am pregnant with my third child, I recently had an ultrasound done. And guess what...no evidence of uterine fibroids shown. Hmmmmm, I found that very interesting at the time, but when I saw that article on the news the other day here in Houston, it now makes perfect sense. So maybe there is some truth behind this study.

Koily K said...

I groan with frustration with the heading of this post.There is no conclusive evidence that Hair relaxer has anything to do with uterine fibroids. There are a lot of health conditions which are common in the black population e.g Diabetes, Glaucoma, hypertension, prostate cancer, sickle cell disease, tinea capitis etc. Are we going to blame relaxers as well? Didn't women suffer from fibroids before the relaxer was invented?

Relaxers may not be for everyone but scaremongering like this is unnecessary. One would think relaxers are the spawns of the devil! :-)
There is still much speculation about the cause of fibroids and one hopes further research will get to the bottom of this.

Anonymous said...

@CurlyNikki - Thanks for the additional information and insight on this study. While there is no reason to panic or demonize women who relax, I think these findings should be shared and warrant consideration in the decision to relax or not. As Black women, we cannot alter our genetic pre-disposition to fibroids. But we can make lifestyle choices that support our overall health and minimize some of the risk factors.

Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed with fibroids shortly after getting married about 10 years ago and at that time I was taking birth control pills which I later found out contribute to not only fibroid growth but different cancers as well. Doctors have the nerve to say that birth control pills help stop fibroid growth but this is not true. The more I took the pill, the worse my menstrual got and the more the fibroids grew. Upon learning about estrogen dominance through prayer and study, I stopped taking the pill and changed my diet, eliminating commercial beef and dairy, and the fibroids began to shrink. After much research, I have discovered that estrogen dominance is a huge culprit in fibroid growth. I would advise you all to do a study on parabens, which are found in most cosmetics and hair products, as well as study about the hormones injected in our food supply. The Bible says that God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. It's time to get educated. God's best to you all.

Anonymous said...

We've all been in chemistry. This stuff gets absorbed in the body and the fumes are toxic. It is not far-fetched. relaxers are hazardous chemicals and there may be risks. Just because you are fine now, doesn't mean it won't hurt you in the long run. Also, just because you know someone who relaxed all their life and never had fibroids does not rule out the danger. The study is only to make us aware of pontential harm.

Danaboo said...

In 2006 I had fibroids removed. At the time it happened all the women around me had a story of fibroids. And all the women around me were getting relaxers. My paranoia drew me to the conclusion that the relaxers were causing my fibroids. I stopped relaxing my hair a few months before my surgery. And I am still natural today. And I promise I wont be going back to the relaxer.

Anonymous said...

Hmm... I think some EXTENSIVE studies need to be done. Although I used to relax my hair on and off for years, I just assumed my fibroids were simply genetic. My mom had them but never relaxed her (wavy) hair. After a procedure to get rid of them, I have been on birth control pills (for 10 years now!) and I have not had a problem with the fibroids since. For all we know, it could be the relaxers, or it could be our diet, or it could be our neighbor's pesticide getting into our backyard tomatoes... Who knows?

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting study to note, and I would like to read it as time permits. However, I would venture a guess that another major limitation is the self-reporting of data. In other words, unless the researchers actively monitored the individuals, how would they determine the accuracy of the statements they provided? The self-reporting of data is one of the limitations in my dissertation, so I am always alert to it, (lol). Someone could easily state that they relaxed every eight weeks, but omit the fact that they had a perimeter touch-up or halo at the four week post for example.

From a personal / familial perspective, I had fibroids removed 9 years ago. I currently have no children and stopped relaxing three years ago. My mother with two children also had fibroid surgery in the eighties, as did two aunts with no children; they all stopped relaxing about 15 - 20 years ago. Meanwhile, an aunt with four children has not had fibroid surgery, and she continually uses relaxers.

Renee

Allyson C. said...

Thanks, Nikki, for bringing this study to this forum. My sister and I were discussing the correlation between relaxers and fibroids this morning, and more than anything it is astounding that we have been using chemicals on our bodies that have not been studied, tested, or approved. FOR YEARS. If for no other reason, we must take ownership of our health and our bodies. No one else will do it for us or our children. This applies not only to what we do to our bodies, but also to what we eat and how we live.

L said...

@Jess, like you, I too had heavy periods though not as severe as yours and was diagnosed with Fibroids. Mine were actually on the outside of my uterus, but so large they'd twisted my ovaries. The doctor likened the pain I should've been in to that of a man being dragged across the floor by his testicles. However, I didnt experience any pain that midol didnt care for. He said that over time, I obviously adjusted to the discomfort as so many of us do. I had the laproscopic surgery in July and the surgery went really well. The recovery period is awesome. I was up and about within the week.

My mother was multi-racial and didnt relax and she too had fibroids. As you stated, I believe genetics play a part. I am also a size 2 and so was my mom so weight was not a factor either.

Good luck with your surgery!

Anonymous said...

@LBell,

I respect your comments but lets not get carried away here. No, the cause(s) of fibrosis are not conclusively known, in fact very few things in life are. However, the study was conducted by four scholars at BU and Harvard and from my reading was done very well. This is a single study and more research needs to be done. If the finding (relaxers cause fibrosis) stands than we will all have to accept that. So just bc something isn't conclusive or you don't like the conclusion does not mean that it isn't good science and you can't simply reject a solid research finding out of hand because there is some chance that the findings are wrong. We already know that there is some chance of being wrong, but the statistics suggest that (at least in this case) that chance is particularly small.

Anonymous said...

I believe that there is some truth here. My sister who permed her hair has to have surgery for her fibroids that are nearly a foot long. Two sisters who never permed their hair don't have them. I have one small one and I have never had a perm. This leads me to believe, like many conditions, it's not just one thing that causes it. It's probably a perfect storm. Hereditary + diet + perm chemicals + unknown. You may not need all four things, but a combo of Some. Bottom line perm chemicals may be in the equation. Isn't that enough to stay away?

Anonymous said...

While I think that this warrants further study, I also know that I have had fibroids for seven years. Ironically, my fibroids have grown since I've stopped relaxing. While I don't discount that relaxing may play a part in fibroid development, it obviously can not account for all fibroids. After all, White women develop fibroids as well. I guess it's just like smoking--there is a relationship between smoking and cancer, but not all people who smoke develop lung cancer.

Nylse said...

Your husband is a smart man; and sometimes women need a rational logical pragmatic approach to make them reconsider a point.
Fibroids dont run in my family and coincidentally my mother never relaxed...

Anonymous said...

I wonder IF relaxers can exacerbate OR CAUSE fibroid growth, how would they do so?? How would a chemical from the relaxer be absorbed (or a metabolite of a chemical) to exact fibroid growth? I am speaking of an exact chemical mechanism, not a guess, a suspicion (or even a hope, to support the concept of going natural).
When we speak of hypotheses, most scientists are looking at the next SPECIFIC step to support (or reject) a hypothesis, not just ringing a bell of alarm. It's a P R O C E S S.

Any SPECIFIC ides, from anyone?? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi ladies, I had a large fibroid removed several years ago and now the Doctors found 5 more and I'm Mexican. I changed my diet, no red meat, no dairy, no soy, no wheat, no caffeine or sugar. I am almost vegan, but I do eat some chicken, turkey, and fish in very small portions. No fried food, No fast foods, drink plenty of water and exercise. drink beet juice and blackstrap molasses with aloe vera twice a day. Eat organic fruits and vegetables if is possible. Eat brocoli, spinach, cauliflower, flaxseed oil, pears, all fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils. One of the fibroids just fell off and I think some of the others are falling off in pieces. Balance your hormones by eating healthy and exercising. I wish yo all the best and God bless you all

Jax said...

I think this preliminary research information is worth pursuing, and while I have relaxed for several years before having mylast relaxer in 2009, I have two or three very small fibroids which do not currently need surgery. My two sisters also have fibroids, as did my mother who had to have a hysterectomy in her early forties, AND her older sister and mother. It is interesting that although my aunt, mother, sisters and I all had relaxers for more than seven years, my Grandmother who was biracial NEVER had a relaxer in her 92 years but also had fibroids which led to an early hysterectomy when she was 40. i believe that we are genetically predisposed to uterine fibroids, but perhaps as other posters have suggested, relaxers have exacerbated an underlying genetic predisposition.

B. Reed said...

I'm 32 and I have fibroids. I have a family history of them. My mama had them, aunts, cousins, and the list goes on. My hair has been permed since I was 4. I also started my menstrual cycle very early in life (I was 9). Everything the video clip said applied to me.

I've also been natural since 2006. My fibroids haven't grown (they have remained the same size). But I've also changed my diet a lot and I'm exercising.

I think this study has a LOT of validity to it.

Anonymous said...

dont you think testing hairstylist would give you more conclusive results since their in contact with relaxer daily. i believe this study is flawed its like saying most men die before their wife and the soultion is not to marry. here are the facts. Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause). Half of all women have fibroids by age 50.

Fibroids are rare in women under age 20. They are more common in African-Americans than Caucasians.
The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. However, their growth has been linked to the hormone estrogen. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.

Anonymous said...

Can you please share the link to the article with us? I hate that no one posts that so we can read it for ourselves. I'm natural, but I'm also a social scientist who believes in backing up claims with evidence and going straight to the source.

Anonymous said...

I think fibroids are hereditary & caused by our environment(perms, lotions, pollution, steriods in foods)etc. I had nine removed two years ago. My doc though there were five but when I had surgery they found four more! Sizes ranged from a tooth to the two biggest ones which were peach sized. Before surgery I literally bleed four weeks out of the month, I became severly anemic etc. I was hesitant because I don't have kids yet, I was scared of having surgery but i'm so glad, my life is 100% better. I had perms since I was 12, went natural, got a perm at 21 and I've been natural for 4 years. My mom had fibroids & had a hysterectomy in her 50's. My doc informed me there is a 50% chance of the fibroids returning. My last doc's appt she noticed two very small ones, the size of seeds. But having gone through what I went through I do know they grow, big! I pray they stay small because I do not have kids yet & would love to have a couple :-) I hope they do more research into this. I've always wondered how did I get so many! And I weigh less than 120 lbs so weight is not a factor in my case.

Carolina said...

carolina@missrizos.com, I would also love to translate this article for the Spanish speaking ladies, food for thought!

LNicoleFields said...

I'd like to read it. lnicolefields@gmail.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

@Carolina and LNicoleFields>>>>> sent!

LaTonya R. said...

I'm interested in reading the paper for myself, would you please email me at jerrue@aol.com! Thank you in advance!

Carla M. said...

I'm interested in reading the study. cmontgo80@gmail.com Thanks!

Evelyn @ Become a Healthier You said...

Hi Curly Nikki,

This is very interesting. I wonder how they explain those black women who have relaxers, but no fibroid tumors?

My first relaxer was when I was 12 years old. I was diagnosed with fibroids, but only after I started taking the birth control pills, which were very high in estrogen. On top of the unhealthy foods I was eating and the bc pills and other emotional things, fibroids appeared. I stopped taking the bc pills shortly after the diagnosis.

I think there is a correlation, but fibroid tumors has more to do with diet (dairy, red meat, etc), those foods high in excess hormones. This causes the hormones to become imbalanced, which results in female illnesses/issues occurring. I wonder if relaxers also cause an imbalance of our hormones?

I changed my diet to a vegan diet and have not had any fibroid symptoms. I don't relax my hair, I've been natural for 9 years. This does give me something to ponder.

Tanks for sharing!

StephanieC said...

smcooley77@yahoo.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

sent and sent!

@Evelyn, they've done research papers on other potential contributing factors, and relaxers are just that, one possible contributing factor. It was an interesting study and great for discussion!

Anonymous said...

I would like to read the article. nikelle_csu@hotmail.com. Thanks

Mutsa said...

I would like the read the paper as well...mseremwe@hotmail.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

Sent! I can't wait to read your thoughts after taking a peek at the full study!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Nikki for keeping us in the loop!

Kirstie A said...

I would like a copy too please. movielover32016@yahoo.com. Thanks:)

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the article
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Anonymous said...

Nikki's our Oprah! Thanks for breaking it down!

CURLYNIKKI said...

Look at all you smarty pants, LOVE it! Sent, sent and sent again! Enjoy and report back! I feel like I'm in college again!

Mia L. said...

Please email me mia_rollins@yahoo.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

sent!

Tanya said...

This is great! Go CN go! Please send it to me as well as tanyal15@gmail.com

Jax said...

please send to me also - Jax1604@gmail.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

sent and sent!

Anonymous said...

With all the homework I have staring at me Im going to pass on volunteering to read another article, but I do appreciate your bullets above!

J. said...

Great research! Love this site. I have a fibroid and I can think of a 1/2 a dozen friends who do also. We do not know enough about this and we need to make as many connections as possible around the issue. Thanks Nikki! Please send me the article to me at wedding707 @ gmail

CURLYNIKKI said...

thanks J.! you've been inboxed!

Anonymous said...

Great synopsis Nikki girl!

D said...

Thanks to all the intelligent people who spoke up regarding validity and kudos to you for finding the author and asking the important questions. Knowledge IS power.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this study for myself, please send to DeePisces74@msn.com - thanks!

Rekaya Gibson said...

I would like to read more. please send to rekaya@rekayagibson.com
Interesting. Two things stood out for me.
1)Relaxers should be regulated by FDA.
2)Chemicals are not good for the body, especially adding them to the head.

JC83 said...

Nikki can you please forward this study to me I am Vet student, and obviously into research like this because it is my natural hair birthday today actually 2 years going strong
my email is vetcanty83@gmail.com

Divine said...

I would love to get a copy of the study supreme_wellness@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I'd like to read more about this plus share it in my natural hair group. My email address is: keljo62@hotmail.com

Thanks!

Valerie said...

I would love a copy of the study as well; I know so many people who would benefit from knowing about it! My email is valeriejolly814@gmail.com. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

As a woman with fibroids who as also had surgery, I'm just happy to hear that someone is actually researching why firbroids are so prevalent in the black community. When I asked my doctor why black women have fibroids at a higher rate than other women, all he said was I don't know. It broke my heart. Fibroids may or may not be a contributing factor to my infertility and I felt like no one cared enough to research it because it was a "black thing."
---MrsDjRass

Anonymous said...

Thanks CN! I love your site!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with MrsDjRass, I'm glad people are finally taking notice and caring enough to study this prevalent issue. I have small ones and my sister has had to have surgery. It's serious and they're painful.

CURLYNIKKI said...

sent to everyone above!

xx

Anonymous said...

From one social scientist to another, great job!

Anonymous said...

I went back natural in 2008 and was diagnosed with them in 2011. I am not sure about the relaxer angle, but I can tell you this I did not have a problem until I began living near a farm and began drinking treated well water. I noticed that I was gaining weight, but my diet had not changed. This went on for about a year. I gained 20 pounds. Then I moved to another state and my period came on and did not stop for two years. I have a submucosal fibroid. Now, I will agree that this seems to be a growing issue among women of African decent. Myself and a former neighbor both turned up with in a year of each other with the same kind of tumor. What did we have in common? We lived near a farm, with dairy cows, we are black and we both had well water. The other women on our street( all black) had city water. Out of 10 women, we were the only ones affected. This makes me wonder if it is the meat and the milk that we are drinking. They had to have been dosing the cows with estrogen, to grow them faster and bring them into heat. Neither one of us had a problem until we moved to this town. She came from California, I from Florida. She was relaxed, I was natural. So I am starting to believe that it is the meat we eat.

Anonymous said...

Interesting

Anonymous said...

Please send me a copy. I've been talking about this since you posted last week. I've had surgery to remove fibroids only to have them grow again. kayglove@gmail.com

totallitoni said...

Please send me a copy nette201@gmail.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

sent!!!

Anonymous said...

What journal is this published in?

Anonymous said...

Excellent summary!

naturalmel said...

Hey Nik, please send me a copy- thanks for the info.

Asknaturalmel@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

dbutler8@yahoo.com please :)

Anonymous said...

mdjones16@hotmail.com Thank you!!!!

PhenomenallyMe said...

Please send me the paper at yoga189@ad.unc.edu
Thanks Nikki!

naeema said...

mchllro@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Transitiontogether2011@gmail, thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Transitiontogether2011@gmail, thank you!!

Anonymous said...

If phthalates are the culprit, relaxers still aren't off the hook since it's the caustic chemicals in relaxers that injure the scalp tissue and allow the phthalates to enter the bloodstream. Phthalates are banned in cosmetics in Europe and Japan due to their toxicity. Phthalate exposure is not only associated with the development of fibroids but with endometriosis as well and numerous other hormone responsive conditions in women. Do a Pubmed search for more information.

CURLYNIKKI said...

Everyone above should've received the article! Keep me posted with your thoughts!

@anon above, very interesting! I'll look into that!

janubie said...

dunlap@princeton.edu. I would love to read it.

CURLYNIKKI said...

oooh! hey @princeton.edu, go on and work! It's in your inbox :)

Tiffany Austin said...

My mother, who didn't relax her hair until 1991 has never had fibroids. My grandmother (who was a beautician) didn't relax until around that same time, never had fibroids. They both relaxed frequently and often. However my aunt and i both have fibroids and we relaxed by far less than both my mother and grandmother who were not small framed women in their later years. My aunt had her first set of fibroids removed during the birth of my cousin who is now 29 and her second bout with the tumors ended with a complete hysterectomy. We are both and have always been smaller in size than my grandmother and mother.

Estrogen plays a very significant roll in the growth of uterine fibroids as well. For me and my specific case the fact that i'd been on birthcontrol since my junior year in high school(due to extremely painful and prolonged menstrual cycles caused by fibroids which were discoverd in the fall of my 9th grade year in high school, they were very small but very present) caused a drastic incease in size and severity of my tumors and i was NOT relaxed during that time. Press and curl until my sophmore year in college :o)

So, yes more research needs to be done. Not just as an Ethnic group but as women and on an individual basis.

Anonymous said...

Hogwash. Relaxers have nothing to do with this. Propaganda is what this is.

Valeria said...

!! I read research articles all day at work one more won't hurt :)

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Anonymous said...

I think everyone giving their personal story or anecdotal case is cool and all, but people should understand that one case in either direction means absolutely nothing or at least next to nothing. The study itself has more than 20,000 cases and the results are what they are. I don't want to be an ass, but I'm not sure folks understand this bc people are going hard with the examples. That's fine as long as you know that whether or not your momma or grandma got fibrosis or not and used or didn't use a relaxer is interesting for many reasons but essentially proves nothing in either direction. Take the study for what it is, and what it isn't.

Anonymous said...

@anon 8:15am

Hogwash is a little strong I think. These seem to be credible researchers at major American universities. They have much more to loose by conducting poor research than you do, so why would they just put out something that had no validity? I'm not saying its totally correct, but propaganda...that's a little strong. The researchers are white people so why would they care either way, unless it had an effect on health?

B said...

Hello,
Interested in receiving and reading the paper. Please e-mail to ihadtoscream@gmail.com

Vicky said...

Hi Nikki,

I can't seem to find your email anywhere! As a research specialist I was very interested in reading this study and so I found it! (luckily I work for a university) My email's vickyokuns@gmail.com. Shoot me an email and I'll scan over a copy to you; I don't think pasting the link would work because you don't have my access but this way you can post the full article...I think.

XO

Anonymous said...

Please me a copy mbarthel2002@gmail.com

Mrs_White41710 said...

This article started my gears turning because I had my first relaxer when I was five years old and by the time I was 26, I had to have a hysterectomy due to having numerous fibroid tumors. Very Scary!!!

JustBe said...

Interesting, very interesting. I had my first set of fibroids removed in November 2002 and I had my last relaxer a few months before that in August 2002. I have fibroids again now, but I've had a much easier time this go around. Could it possibly be because...I've been there done that, I'm not relaxing my hair anymore, the size or location of these fibroids, my new pescetarian diet, weight loss, etc.? I don't really know, but I'd love to read the study anyway, my email is: princessbeeb@netzero.net. Thanks for sharing!

NaturallyLovely81 said...

Please send me a copay thewatsonfamily1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

please send me a copy of the study naturalafrican@gmail.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

Sent to all above!

xx
nik

urbancupcake said...

Please send me a copy of the study stepbagley@gmail.com :)

CURLYNIKKI said...

you got it!

Erratic Assassin said...

I'd like a copy of this article please.
sbeale@wellesley.edu

Lauren Murray said...

I would like a copy of the study please. I am writing an essay on this for my senior thesis. lauren.m.murray@vanderbilt.edu

momoftwinzz09 said...

Please send me a copy: nkugrad06@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids two years ago. This explained a myriad of symptoms I had been experiencing over the past several years. Although I have relaxed my hair since the age of 12 (I am 36 now), the issue of the fibroids did not come up until I was well into my thirties. Once I became aware of the fibroids I began doing research on my own, since surgery was NOT an option.

A good friend suggested cutting chicken and turkey out of my diet, which I can say definitely helped. I truly believe that it is our diet and the abundance of hormones being placed in our food that is truly causing these issues.

A few of the other anonymous comments have also pointed to diet as a factor. Although I am not where I should be (which from my research is a vegan diet), I have found that cutting out red meat and other animal proteins has made a marked difference in the way that I feel. My sister's fibroid even shrank once she cut animal proteins out of her diet!

Best of luck to my fellow fibroid sufferers. I truly hope that you each find a "cure" that works for you. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Please send me a copy of the study: tremiwest@yahoo.com

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Please send a copy of the study to ldjohnson1008@aol.com Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Nikki - Thank you for keeping up with this stuff. I would also like to see that study.
Please send to Edna: kurleeedna@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki!! I just posted this on Facebook and a few friends said, and I quote, "that study is a crock" so pleeeeeeeeeease ma'am, send me the link to the study so I can shut them all the way up. Thank you so much for all you do! My email is blkamerprincess@yahoo.com

Ann said...

Send me a copy: annnoire@hotmail.com

Phthalates are in many household items, plastics, and hair products. I agree with a previous poster, RELAXERS ARE NOT OFF THE HOOK, but are just one of the MANY products with harmful affects.

And it has nothing to do with being "natural" but more of understanding how we are affected environmentally.

Anonymous said...

qi_qi_la@yahoo.com

Kami said...

I think there are other factors other than relaxing. I've always read that diet and lack of exercise were the primary causes of fibroids. Wasn't there a study done on the lack of exercise in women who relaxed their hair?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Please send a copy to divalove@yahoo.com

FunkyStarkitty50 said...

I have fibroids and my Mother, Aunts and Grandmother did too. None of us are overweight, but some have relaxed(My Mother and I), and some have not. I have been natural for 12 years now and since then, my fibroids have shrunk divnificantly. Diet and birth control pills may contribute to fibroids as some studies have indicated. The bottom line is that we all need to be mindful of what we put on and into our bodies. I'm really into reading labels now and some of the ingredients sound unhealthy and scary. It's a learning process.

FunkyHairChic said...

Hey Nikki!

Send me a copy, too! msammaboateng@gmail.com

myhairisnotpolitical,it'sjustpretty said...

Med student here putting in my 2 cents . . Fibroids are more common in women of African descent. Since a lot of such women use relaxers, it's almost a moot point to say that fibroids are more common in women who use relaxers. If relaxers are causing fibroids because of the phthalates in relaxer fragrance, why not anything else containing fragrance? The medical community has studied the relationship between pthalates and tumors/growths that depend on the estrogen hormone for growth ( this includes fibroids and some breast cancers) and haven't found anything substantial. At the hospital where I'm training, we currently tell patients that there is no medical evidence to support the idea that avoiding soy and other things that contain phthalates is ok if that's what they prefer, but there is no evidence that it will make a difference).

As far as I know there has not been a recent increase in fibroids . . and if anything, relaxer use is on the downturn, no? I see a lot of comments here from women who have fibroids so I just want to address some of those. Like estrogen sensitive breast cancer, they tend to be familial, and since they feed on estrogen, surgical removal is only temporary in women who have no yet reached menopause because those women still make estrogen. For those women who have noticed a reduction in fibroid size since they went natural - I think it would be interesting to know ballpark age and whether they are starting to go through "the change". Again, estrogen levels drop with menopause, and low estrogen = smaller fibroids.

I would also be interested to know where this study is published - though just because something comes from a well known university or is in a well known journal it doesn't mean it's true or even well thought out.

Frankly I'm a little concerned about the need to demonize relaxers. As someone who never used one till college and had no hair damages issues in the 4 years or so that I relaxed, and recently chopped it all off out of boredom, I don't really get why people seem to think they are evil. Not good for everyone's hair - yes. Not necessarily the very best thing for ANYONE'S hair - maybe. Harbinger of evil and poor self-esteem and disease . . . I feel like that's a lot of power to give a little jar of cream.

Anonymous said...

Beware of stats guys... numbers can be massage to make the p values say what you want.

Incidence ratio (which compares the "commonality" of something in two separate groups) = incidence in grp 1/ incidence in grp 2.

If the incidence ratio comparing 2 groups of women with fibroids is 1, then fibroids are equally common in both groups.If the ratio is >1, then fibroids are more common in grp 1 than in grp 2. If the ratio is <1, fibroids are less common in group 1 than grp 2.

The incidence rate ratio comparing ever with never use of relaxers was 1.17. So the frequency of fibroids in women who never relaxed plus women who did was almost the same.

Among long-term users (≥10 years), the incidence rate ratios for frequency of use categories 3–4, 5–6, and ≥7 versus 1–2 times/year were 1.04, 1.12, and 1.15 respectively.

So even among women in this study who relaxed 7 times a year, compared to once or twice a year, the frequency of fibroids was almost the same.


CN is there an incidence rate ratio of women who never relaxed vs. women who relaxed >7times per year?

Anonymous said...

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ImaniOne said...

I am VERY interesting in reading both of those studies. bigdreamergirl@gmail.com THANK YOU for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

All of this hypothesis and analysis seems like BS to me since I had fibroids in my breast by the time I was 17, which led me not to want to use birth control....and serious fibroids by the time I was in my 40's......now this is the kicker...I used relaxers very infrequently when I was young and I did not use relaxers at all for at least 25+ years prior to my hysterectomy that was necessary as result of an 8ib fibroid.

AlisaJane said...

Thanks so much for sharing! It's really exciting to see issues relevant to black women featured in a top epidemiology journal. Looking at the article, the results for the subset of subjects for whom they had genetic info and could therefore adjust for the percent African ancestry are fairly compelling and address the limitation regarding not being able to distinguish between relaxing more and being of African descent. I would also contend that a 17% increase in risk is not negligible and consistent with what is often considered relevant in biomedical research. If the relationship did turn out to be causal, I'd rather not be in that extra 17% of cases attributable to relaxer use, and I appreciate being given the knowledge to make a more informed choice.

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in reading the full article.
marylhorton1975@yahoo.com. Thank you Nikki.

Karla M said...

For those of you dealing with uterine fibroids, before you consider giving in to a hysterectomy, look into a procedure called a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). Have a talk with your OB/GYN about this procedure. I had so many fibroids, you couldn't count them. My mother and sister had hysterectomies in their late 30's due to fibroids. I wanted alternatives, so my OB/GYN suggested the UFE. I had my UFE done in August 2010. It changed my life, and I'm very pleased with the results. BTW, yes I relaxed my hair in the past, but quit two years ago. My sister and mother haven't stopped yet.

Anonymous said...

Please send me a copy! Thanks! jander18@umd.edu

Kiffani said...

My email address is K.Irby151@gmail.com. Please send a copy.

Miss Johnson said...

I used relaxers from about 11 years old until 2008 when I went natural. I found out in 2010 about my fibroids. Not even sure how long I had them. I would like to learn more. Thank you. MissRLJ@gmail.com

Blen said...

Hi, please send a copy to ctsunshine68@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would like to read the paper. My email is tverne115@yahoo.com

CURLYNIKKI said...

Thanks ladies! Sent to everyone above :)

xx

Marci said...

I would like to read this, please. cheese8274@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Actually ladies it is more probable that fibroid cysts are caused by the ingredients used in tampons and sanitary napkins.

Anonymous said...

I think what troubled me the most what that they also attributed early onset of puberty to relaxing. I just can't accept that because black women have always had early onset of puberty before the invension or popularity of perms. Even though many black women were permed the popularity did not come until the 80's, even then black women did not get perms until they were prepubesant or even later. My mother was in her twenties when she started getting perms and she did not have fibroids. her sisters had them and they did not get perms until their teens. I think that is what really got me, them trying to link early onset of puberty.

Anonymous said...

If you read the paper, you'll see that they didn't study early puberty. That was a mistake made by the media.

Shauna Gurley said...

I also think they should do a study on SALON BLEACHING as well. (Particularly "excessive" highlights at the scalp or that covers more hair) Which could explain why a handful of White women get fibroids too! I am Black and I had salon bleach....and it BURNed. It actually felt worse than a relaxer when I had one! Those chemicals are disrupting our endocrine system.

Nicole said...

I think the study is vey vague and just because african american women has high occurence of fibrods, it concludes it is because of relaxers.More reasoning should be provided for people.

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Anonymous said...

Please send me a copy of the research: denise5901@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

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Tiffany said...

Please send a copy of this article to me? my email address is tiffany.alexis@yahoo.com

Thanks for sharing this. It is alarming. We should press this issue until we have definite knowledge of the effects of the chemicals in our products.

oudlie said...

please send me a copy of this research article at oudlie_joseph@hotmail.com. thanks!

jusmee said...

I have had a myomectomy late last year; but now my doc have discover another one after many was removed during my procedure and now I am interested in what may have caused this medical condition. Is it someting I need to stop doing or eating to prevent these fibroids from reoccurring? Please send me a copy of the research: sweet_vanella@yahoo.com
Thank you much!

V M said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfo_TL9uHXg&feature=related
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