Correlates of age at natural menopause: a community-based study in Alexandria
AbstractDifferences in the age at natural menopause were examined using a retrospective population sample of 289 naturally menopausal women. The mean age at natural menopause was 46.70 +/- 5.44 years. Earlier menopause occurred in women living in semiurban areas, divorced/separated and less educated women, and women who were younger at: first marriage, widowhood, divorce/separation and first or last full-term pregnancy. Later menopause occurred in women who had: irregular menstrual periods before 25 years, dysmenorrhoea and mid-cycle spotting. Duration of oral contraceptives use, weight and body mass index were significantly positively correlated with age at natural menopause. Multiple regression analyses indicated that age at last full-term pregnancy, residence, pattern of menstrual cessation and duration of oral contraceptive use were the significant predictors of the end of menstrual activity
Hidayet, N.M., Sharaf, S.A., Aref, S.R., Tawfik, T.A. & Moubarak, I.I. (1999). Correlates of age at natural menopause: a community-based study in Alexandria. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118709
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 5 (2), 307-319, 1999
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