Active and Second Hand Smoking Both Linked to Early Menopause

“Women who are heavy or habitual smokers are more likely to experience the menopause earlier [before the age of 50], a study suggests,” BBC News reports. The same study found a weaker link for women exposed to second hand smoke.

The researchers looked at information on more than 93,000 women taken from a major US study.

They found women who smoked were more likely to have had trouble getting pregnant, and reached menopause on average one to two years earlier than women who had never smoked.

Aside from the symptoms of an early menopause, such as hot flushes, an obvious concern is infertility.

Active and Second Hand Smoking Both Linked To Early Menopause

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