A new study published in the Journal Human Production indicates the risk that women who get their period early and those who’ve never had a child face. The study shows that women who have their periods before the age of 12 and those who have not borne a child till the age of 35, face the risk of early menopause. The age at which a girl gets her first period and the age at which women hit menopause are important key factors that determine the overall reproductive health.
Moreover, the risk of early menopause increases five times for such women. According the researchers, women who had early menstrual periods had 80 percent higher risk of experiencing menopause before the age of 40 and 30 percent higher risk of menopause between the ages of 40-44, when compared with women whose first period occurred between the ages of 12 and 13.
The lead author of the paper Gita Mishra who is an epidemiology professor at The University of Queensland believes that these findings can help in prevention of ovarian failure and early menopause.
Although further research is required to to understand how these factors can actually affect a woman’s overall health. But the study does point out the fact that these factors need to be taken into consideration along with others like smoking and lifestyle habits to assess the risk of early menopause.