Study Shows Mother's Age at Menopause
May Have an Affect on Her Daughter's Fertility
Have you ever wondered if your mother’s menopause is an indication of your own reproductive lifespan? A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction suggests that a mother’s age at menopause may predict her daughter’s fertility in terms of eggs remaining in her ovaries.
The Study: 500 Danish women (age 20-40) were divided into 3 groups: those whose mothers had an early menopause (younger than 45); normal menopause (46-54 years); or late menopause (older than 55).
Using two methods of testing (levels of anti-Mullerian hormone and antral follicle count) researchers found that the number of eggs in the women’s ovaries declined faster in women whose mothers had an early menopause than in those whose mothers had a later menopause.
The number of eggs remaining in a woman’s ovaries affects her ability to conceive naturally, and both the number and quality of eggs decline as women age.
The researchers also found that women who used birth control pills had a lower follicle count compared to non users.
Moral of the story…If your mother went through early menopause, you may consider this when planning or talking to your doctor about your own fertility and reproductive health.
And please avoid synthetic hormones (ie: birth control pills) that can shut down your ovaries and hormone production. To read more about the side effects of synthetic hormones, read my article Top 10 Reasons to Get Off Synthetic Hormones