Can getting your period at a young age play a role in when you reach menopause?
The average age of menopause is 51, however, for some women this can vary widely from between the age of 40 and 55.
A study has found that those women who had started menstruating at 11 or younger were 80 percent more likely to have experienced early menopause than women who were 13 or over when their periods began.
The risk was heightened among women who started their periods early and subsequently had no children; they had a five-fold increased risk for premature menopause and double the risk of early menopause compared with women whose periods had started at 12 or later and who had had two or more children.
Gita D. Mishra et al (Jan 2017) Early menarch, nulliparity and the risk for premature and early natural menopause. Retrieved on 6 February 2017. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/2937790/Early-menarche-nulliparity-and-the-risk-for