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Title: Are bald men more virile than their well thatched contemporaries?
Epworth Authors: Sinclair, Rodney
Other Authors: English, Dallas
Giles, Graham
Keywords: Alopecia
Baldness, Male Pattern
Male Pattern Baldness
Risk Factors
Sexual Behaviour
Head & Neck Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Department of Dermatology, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: Australasian Medical Publishing Company (Australia)
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia 2013 December 16;199(11):811-2.
Abstract: Objective: To test the popular assertion that bald men are more virile than their well thatched contemporaries Design, participants and setting: Secondary analysis of data from a case–control study in a community setting between 1994 and 1997 among men below the age of 70 years, using in-person interviews and categorisation of baldness, with subsequent completion of a questionnaire by the participant. We analysed risk factors for baldness using unconditional logistic regression. Main outcome measures: Baldness; history of ejaculations between the ages of 20 and 49 years; total number of sexual partners. Results: There was no significant association between baldness and the frequency of ejaculations, but bald men were significantly less likely to have had more than four female sexual partners. Conclusions: In the population studied, bald men appear to be no more virile than their well thatched contemporaries.
DOI: 10.5694/mja13.11360
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ISSN: 0025-729X
Journal Title: Medical Journal of Australia
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Centre for Molecular Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Retrospective studies
Appears in Collections:Dermatology
Head & Neck
UroRenal, Vascular

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