Do children born later in life enhance female longevity & does your month of birth influence age of menopause?
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Do children born later in life enhance female longevity & does your month of birth influence age of menopause?

Davis : CA : USA | Feb 02, 2011 at 1:50 PM PST
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In the Sacramento and Davis regional area, UC Davis studies birth and longevity. See the PDF article, Fertility and Lifespan: Late Children Enhance Female Longevity. Why is menopausal mortality for women with 10+ births 13.2% lower than that of women with one birth? UC Davis also looked at how late in life women have given birth in relation to lifespan. And does age of menopause depend upon in what month or season you have been born, a study done by another university back in 2005?

Why does having children late in your life or having more children late in life enhance your ability to live long? And in another university's study, why do women born in March go through menopause an average of two years earlier than women born in October?

How many women in Sacramento who have gone through menopause actually noticed they went through menopause at age 48 if they were born in March and at age 50 if they were born in October, or at 51, if born in November? The year doesn't matter. In the past, women were told the earlier they went through puberty, the later they'd go through menopause.

More recently, women were told that if they had a late menarche/puberty, they were at a higher risk of experiencing more bone loss/osteoporosis. But for the past six years, scientists have been reporting that when you reach menopause depends upon the month in which you were born. And it's not about prediction or astrology.

Scientists found that more women born in the month of March or any month in the spring reached menopause about two years earlier, around age 48 on average, than women born in October or in the autumn and winter, who reached menopause, on average around age 50. Check out the July 5, 2005 article, "New Vision Online : Month of birth influences menopause age — study."

This same finding appeared on page 329 of the book, Super Foods for Seniors, published in 2007 by the editors of FC&A Medical Publishing.

As a Sacramento woman, how do you feel about the study reporting that "a woman’s month of birth influences the age when menopause begins? In the European study, scientists from the University of Modena in Italy have discovered that women born in March have the earliest age of menopause, while those with an October birthday have the latest. You can read the primary study findings, reported in the journal Human Reproduction.

The theory you might ponder, is whether environmental factors before birth have an impact on the baby’s adult life? Researchers were concerned how prenatal life is important for future adult life. Now, as a Sacramento mom or woman thinking of getting pregnant or perhaps going through menopause, do you ever think about what month to become pregnant?

If so, do you think about what happens before delivery determining when your daughter's reproductive era ends? Would it make a difference if menopause ends at 48 compared to 50 or 51? You can check out the study which looked at 3,000 Italian women, with an 18-month difference in the age of menopause depending on the month of birth.

Researchers ruled out factors such as smoking, weight and age at puberty, which can affect menopause. The findings noted that women born in October reached the menopause at 50 years and three months, compared to 48 years and nine months for those born in March.

If you live in Sacramento, not Italy, would the climate be a factor? Would temperature and sunlight influence the growth of the foetus in the womb and its later reproductive life? Is this study about seasonal changes?

Scientists surmised that their data seemed to indicate that women born in autumn develop better during their prenatal life and are born with a higher number of oocytes (eggs) than women born in spring. So should you plan to get pregnant this month, in February, so your baby, if a daughter will be born in mid-November and therefore, maybe have more ooctyes (eggs) which would give her a chance to have more estrogen or more children at a later age, should she want that?

Or should you get pregnant when it's a lot more popular, in June, when the summer solstice brings long days and warm weather, and you're daughter, if you have a female baby, would be born in mid-March, when for whatever reason, she'd reach menopause at around age 48, which would limit her estrogen levels and perhaps prevent her from conceiving in her late forties, should she want a child at that time--or simply more time before the estrogen fades?

In years past, early mortality was high among children born in autumn, before houses were heated property. Maybe the fittest babies that survived being born in the winter eventually developed a later menopause. But no studies support this theory of fitness because a baby in ancient times survived a snowy, cold winter at birth.

The problem, now, just in case Sacramento research want to examine it, is to answer the question of whether a woman’s birth month has an impact on her psychological profile and moods? Now that's something astrologers would be interested in--to look at what the scientists find. If you were born in March and your mom was born in October/November, do you have different moods? Scientists think seasons have a lot to do with modulation.

Okay, Sacramento moms and daughters....Those moms born in November....Are your moods different from your daughter's who was born in the spring, such as March, for example? Are these studies all about seasons and moods? Or are they about biology and rhythms of survival?

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One in 20 women starts the menopause before the age of 46
One in 20 women starts the menopause before the age of 46
AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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