Intergenerational violence exposure affects the age of menopause

Research on women’s violence exposure is timely as the COVID pandemic has elevated rates of intimate partner violence and child abuse. A new study shows that a woman’s collective violence exposure-; consisting of her own abuse and that of her child-; speeds up reproductive aging to result in an earlier age of menopause. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Violence exposure has previously been shown to be associated with an array of mental and physical health problems. Newer research is additionally revealing its connection with the pace of reproductive aging. Early menopause, particularly before age 45, is associated with increased risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, and premature death.

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