Menopause start linked to birth date

Italian researchers have made the surprising claim that the age at which a woman reaches menopause depends in part on the month she was born.

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By  Stuart Qualtrough Published  May 18, 2005

Italian researchers have made the surprising claim that the age at which a woman reaches menopause depends in part on the month she was born. Scientists studying 3,000 post-menopausal women concluded that on average menopause occurred earliest for women born in March and latest for those born in October. There was a full 18 months difference, with the October-born reaching menopause at 48 years and nine months, on average, and the March-born achieving menopause at 50 years and three months.

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