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Is Menopause Evolving?

This was a large study, with 747 middle-aged women obtained from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) from 1996 to 2008. The ethnic groups included: Afro-American, Chinese, Japanese, Caucasian, and Hispanic. Perimenopause age and duration, menopause age, and hormonal indicators of menopause were examined across five ethnicities. This allowed researchers to examine, not only how menopause differed between ethnic groups, but also whether menopause was changing worldwide - as well as presenting hypotheses as to why that might be

From things such as diet, to remaining single, to working, and having children later, researchers hypothesize that women could, eventually have significantly different menopause - or even no menopause at all!

They did find that, "We found a similar window of menopause age within populations, but no significant difference in perimenopause and menopause age between populations. The rate of increase of follicle-stimulating hormone and testosterone differed significantly in Hispanics and African-Americans during the menopause transition period." suggesting that there are some elements of menopause that relate to ethnicity. Additional studies have found that socio-cultural elements, such as diet, also play a role.

To read the whole study, click below.

View the Study: https://bmcwomenshealth.biomedcentral.com/articles...