Menopause "Linked To The Seasons"

The start of a woman's menopause could be influenced by a change in the seasons, researchers have suggested. A survey of over 100 women by experts from Baranya County Teaching Hospital in Pécs, Hungary, found menopause rates peaked in the spring and autumn. Rates soared just after the equinoxes, they say. Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, the researchers say the seasonal pattern may also affect the symptoms women suffer. Of the 102 women whose questionnaires were analysed, 72 remembered the exact month that their periods stopped, while 30 could recall only the season. Women were also asked about a wide range of lifestyle and environmental factors, such as diet and exercise.

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