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Menstrual cycle abnormalities among cosmetologists: the Reproductive Outcomes in Salon Employees (ROSE) study.

Authors
Gallicchio-L; Miller-S; Greene-T; Zacur-H; Flaws-JA
Source
Reprod Sci 2010 Jan; 17(1):20-28
NIOSHTIC No.
20036520
Abstract
This study was conducted to examine whether cosmetologists of reproductive age are at increased risk of menstrual cycle abnormalities compared to women of the same age working in other occupations. Participants in the study (450 cosmetologists and 511 noncosmetologists) were recruited through mass mailing of questionnaires. To be included in the study, respondents to the survey had to be between 21 and 55 years of age and not have had a hysterectomy/oophorectomy. The main outcome measures included irregular menstrual cycle length and pain during menstrual period. The results showed no statistically significant associations between being a cosmetologist and having menstrual cycle abnormalities. The observed estimates did not differ when including and excluding women who had ever used oral contraceptives. Thus, the findings of the study suggest that cosmetologists are not at increased risk of menstrual cycle abnormalities. Further studies using detailed salon exposure and work task data in relation to menstrual cycle outcomes should be conducted.
Keywords
Age-groups; Cosmetics-industry; Cosmetics-workers; Menstrual-disorders; Occupational-health; Questionnaires; Reproduction; Statistical-analysis; Women; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Author Keywords: Chemical exposures; cosmetologists; hairdressers; menstrual cycle; reproductive function
Contact
Jodi A. Flaws, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Illinois, 2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Room 3223, Urbana, IL 61802
CODEN
JSGIED
Publication Date
20100101
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
1
ISSN
1933-7191
Source Name
Reproductive Sciences
State
IL; OH; MD
Performing Organization
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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