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The Season of Your Birth Influences the Age of Menopause

Women may have a little more guidance on when they'll begin menopause, thanks to Italian researchers. It appears the month and season a woman is born affects when she'll reach menopause.

Specifically, women born in March can expect to reach menopause the earliest, on average at 48 years and 9 months, while October babies will reach it the latest, at 50 years and 3 months.

Pregnant WomanThe season a female baby is born can help predict the age at which she will experience menopause, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, involved 2,822 post-menopausal women. While the mean age of menopause overall was 49.42, that for women born in the spring was 49.04, and 49.97 for those born in the fall.

Perhaps most interesting of all is lead author Dr. Angelo Cagnacci's response to the findings: "Mothers should be aware of this, considering that during pregnancy they are going to influence not only the health of the newborn but also the health and reproductive life of their child during adulthood."

So seasonal environmental factors that occur while a child is still in the womb, possibly things like temperature and sunlight, seasonally linked dietary changes and exposure to infections, have the potential to influence the child into adulthood.

The general consensus among researchers was that reaching menopause later in life (and therefore having had an extended reproductive period) indicated a higher embryo quality that was passed on to offspring. Next, researchers hope to determine whether season of birth affected the women's susceptibility to psychological conditions like anxiety and depression.

Women, Get the Real Facts on Natural Progesterone

Old Woman SmileProgesterone is one of the oldest hormones known to nature, and serves a wide range of functions at all ages. When women hit menopause, progesterone levels can drop severely--for some women levels can fall to nearly zero.

Don't miss this top-recommended past article from, whether you're perimenopausal, postmenopausal, or experience PMS: The Real Facts on Natural Progesterone: What Women Need to Know. You'll learn:

  • Why a rapidly growing cause of progesterone loss is environmental pollutants.

  • Why studies on natural progesterone are not available to doctors.

  • How to navigate your progesterone options.

  • Problems that can occur with hormonal imbalance.

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Health Orbit May 12, 2005

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