Attention Women! Excessive Hair Loss Can Be Connected to Higher Uterine Fibroid Risk

Higher uterine fibroid risk in black women with excessive hair loss. Image credits: Getty Images

Of late, if you are dealing with an excessive hair loss, its’ time to visit a doctor immediately.

According to a report in Medical Express, a recent study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University reveals that women with excessive hair loss are at a greater risk of developing fibroids.


The fibroid is a non-cancerous tumor which develops along or within the walls of your uterus. The report further adds that usually Black and Asian women are largely prone to the risk of uterus fibroid.

Uterine fibroid is common but harmless
Fibroids can grow as big as this and can cause a lot of pain. Image credits: Health Xchange

The results reveal that a higher risk of uterus fibroid development can be associated with women who have Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia, CCCA. It commonly affects black women and is the popular form of permanent alopecia (baldness).

Author Crystal Augh from John Hopkins University says, “The damaging associated with the CCCA is equivalent to the damaging related to the excess of fibrous tissue which is present elsewhere in the body. This situation may explain why women with excessive hair loss are prone to uterine fibroid risk.


The team of researchers analyzed patient data from the year of 2013-2017 of 487,108 black women aged above 18 years. Patients were compared with and without CCAA to understand the prevalence of those with fibroids.

Overall, the researchers found that 13.9 percent of women with history of CCCA also had a history of uterine fibroids. Meanwhile, compared to this, only 3.3 percent of black women without the history of CCCA had fibroids.

In absolute numbers, out of the 487,000 women who were reviewed, 16212 had fibroids.

According to the findings, this translates to a fivefold increased risk of fibroids in women with CCCA, as compared to age, sex and race matched controls.

The results also revealed that women with symptoms such as bleeding and pain are more prone to this condition.

Crystal Augh adds that people from Africa are at a higher risk of developing other disorders of abnormal damaging, such as a fibroproliferative disorder, which includes Keloids, or clogged arteries.

She further states that the link between the two conditions is yet to be made clear. According to The National Institute of Health, “Nearly 70% of white women and nearly 80-90% of the African-American women will develop fibroids by the age of 50.”

Prevention is always better than cure. If you are dealing with an excessive hair loss on a daily basis, it’s time to visit the doctor.

The published article can be found here.

Source JAMA dermatology Medical Xpress

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