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Fertil Steril. 1995 Sep;64(3):651-2.

A prospective study on the association between red hair color and endometriosis in infertile patients.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if red-haired infertile women have an increased prevalence of endometriosis.

DESIGN:

Prospective, nonblinded.

SETTING:

Large, metropolitan, private hospital, associated with a university. Subspeciality care provided by reproductive endocrinologists.

PATIENTS:

One hundred forty-three consecutive women undergoing laparoscopy or laparotomy for infertility.

INTERVENTIONS:

Laser ablation of any endometriosis present.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Presence of endometriosis.

RESULTS:

Of 143 women entered into the study, 12 had natural red hair. The ages of these women ranged between 23 and 41 years. Ten of 12 (83%) of the red-haired women were found to have endometriosis compared with 55 of 131 (42%) of nonredheads. By statistical analysis, the 95% confidence intervals for the presence of endometriosis in redheads was 55% to 100% versus 34% to 51% for nonredheads.

CONCLUSION:

The results suggest an association between the occurrence of natural red hair and those factors that lead to the development of endometriosis.

PMID:
7641926
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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