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What Influences Duration of Menopausal Transition?

Menopause; ePub 2016 Sep 26; Pangaja, et al

Young age at onset was associated with a longer duration of the menopausal transition (MT), a recent study found. Data for 1,145 women from 4 sites of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation were analyzed. Participants from 4 racial/ethnic groups were included: African American, white, Chinese, and Japanese. Women completed daily menstrual calendars from 1996 to 2006 and questions on hormone therapy use monthly. Researchers found:

  • Adjusted median duration of the MT ranged from 4.37 years among the oldest age at onset quartile to 8.57 years among the youngest age on onset quartile.
  • Cigarette smoking was associated with an earlier onset and a shorter duration.
  • African American women had a longer duration that white women.
  • Body mass index (BMI) was associated with a later onset of the MT, but not its duration.

Citation:

Paramsothy P, Harlow S, Nan B, et al. Duration of the menopausal transition is longer in women with young age at onset: The multiethnic Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. [Published online ahead of print September 26, 2016]. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000736.