Does teenage pregnancy lead to early menopause?

Women may reach early menopause for a myriad of reasons. The reasons for this can vary from genetically inheriting this condition, diseases like cancer, premature ovarian failure (POF), Turner's Syndrome and surgeries like  hysterectomy.

Besides these, some uncommon reasons that increase the risk of early menopause are reaching menarche before the age of 12 and being childless, precocious puberty or early puberty - all of  which I have shared in the post "Mother's obesity may cause early puberty in daughters".

A more recent study has found that being underweight is also a risk factor for early menopause. Interestingly, certain foods may also hasten menopause.

woman worried about early menopause

Another interesting study has found that TEENAGE mothers are more likely to have an early menopause as well as a hysterectomy.

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The study found 43 per cent of women who had a child while under 20 also went through the menopause by the age of 45. By comparison, 33 per cent of those who had a child later went on to have an early menopause.

Around half the women who had an early menopause also had a hysterectomy, compared with less than a quarter of those who were older at menopause.

Women from poorer countries including Brazil and Colombia also reported high rates of early natural menopause compared with those in wealthier nations such as Canada.

Those who experienced trauma in childhood were around 56 per cent more likely to have an early menopause.

Lead researcher Dr Catherine Pirkle, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said: ‘This work implies that early birth or a difficult childhood may be storing up problems which only come out half a lifetime later.’

Apparently from the above study we can surmise that besides teen pregnancy, poverty and suffering trauma in earlier years is also linked to a risk of early menopause.

Reaching menopause early can lead to a host of health issues which you can peruse here.

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