Teenage mothers are more likely to have an early menopause as well as a hysterectomy, according to a study.

Researchers found 43 per cent of women who had a child while under 20 also went through menopause by the age of 45.

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, shares Daily Mail.

The research was based on the health histories of more than 1,000 women in the Canadian-led International Mobility in Ageing Study.

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.’

The findings were presented at the World Congress of Menopause in Vancouver, Canada.

Professor Nick Panay, of Imperial College London, chairman of the World Congress on Menopause’s scientific programme committee, said: ‘The information from this study can be used to counsel women with early childbirth and difficult childhood about their potential risks.’

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  • They should have done research in several countries including 3rd world countries.


  • It is a strange thing to fathum


  • As always more research would be great because the better we understand the better we can deal with it.


  • Compared to what rate of women going through menopause by age 45 who had babies after the age of 20?


  • One can never generalize – I had my first baby at 18 and didn’t go through menopause till I was almost 60.

    • Oh wow! Almost 60??? That’s quite special. Generally it’s around 50.


  • Will that be true? My oldest sister had her first child at 21. I had my only daughter at 36. We both entered menopause at 51.


  • A very limited amount of information. It would be interesting to read more about this link and how it effects the body.

    • I agree – a follow up story with extra links would be most welcome.


  • Interesting study, so if girls start having babies in their late 20s they won’t go through menopause until they’re 55-60s? Another good reason for young ones to wait a while before jumping into the baby boat.


  • where can I find out more information on this?


  • I wonder what part genetics plays in this study.


  • Interesting study and the link has some information in an article, but limited information. Would like to know more about this study. The outcomes are presented but the in depth reasons as to why would be interesting to know.


  • I wonder why this happens? It would be interesting to know why?


  • I should’ve had my kids sooner, I’m so over monthly periods……bring on menopause, 51 and still waiting


  • That’s quite a high percentage.


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