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Premature ovarian failure among hairdressers.

Authors
llicchio-L; Miller-S; Greene-T; Zacur-H; Flaws-JA
Source
Hum Reprod 2009 Oct; 24(10):2636-2641
NIOSHTIC No.
20036287
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Hairdressers constitute a major occupational group of female workers who are exposed to chemicals that cause reproductive abnormalities in animal models. The purpose of this study was to examine whether hairdressers are at increased risk of premature ovarian failure (POF) compared with women of similar age in other occupations. METHODS: This study analyzed data from a population-based sample of 443 hairdressers and 508 women in other occupations, who responded to a mailed survey. POF was assessed in all eligible participants by self-report of a doctor's diagnosis. RESULTS: Among 443 hairdressers and 508 women in other occupations, 14 (3.2%) and 7 (1.4%) developed POF, respectively. A non-significant increase in the risk of POF was observed among hairdressers compared with non-hairdressers (adjusted relative risk (RR) 1.90; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.76, 4.72). When limited to Caucasian women only (approximately 85% of respondents), the increased risk was statistically significant (RR 3.24; 95% CI 1.06, 9.91). Among Caucasian women of 40-55 years of age, hairdressers were more than five times as likely to report POF compared with non-hairdressers (RR 5.58; 95% CI 1.24, 25.22). CONCLUSIONS: Hairdressers may be at increased risk for POF compared with women employed in other occupations.
Keywords
Age-groups; Cosmetics-workers; Occupational-hazards; Questionnaires; Reproduction; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Women; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Author Keywords: chemical exposure; cosmetologists; hairdressers; premature ovarian failure; reproduction
Contact
JA Flaws, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Illinois, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802
CODEN
HUREEE
Publication Date
20091001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jflaws@illinois.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008579
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
0268-1161
Source Name
Human Reproduction
State
IL; OH; MD
Performing Organization
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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