According to new research, your monthly menstrual cycle may give you hints about the intensity of the symptoms you’ll suffer throughout menopause and when it will begin.
Researchers found that women with short menstrual cycles (less than 25 days) during their reproductive years were more likely to experience more menopause symptoms. This study involved more than 600 women. Additionally, they had a higher likelihood of beginning menopause earlier than women with regular menstrual cycles (26 to 34 days).
Hot flashes, melancholy, anxiety, mental changes, and sleep disorders can all be brought on by menopause. Age, ethnicity, and lifestyle factors including weight, smoking, and physical activity are all typical risk factors for these symptoms, according to researchers.
The president of the North American Menopause Society, which released the research, Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, called the menstrual cycle a biological indicator of general health. According to this study, a woman’s midlife health can be predicted by how long her menstrual cycle is when she is still in her reproductive years.
Additionally, women with short cycles were more likely to experience heart discomfort, depressive symptoms, and sleep issues in middle age. According to the study’s authors, led by Lidia Mnguez-Alarcón of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Mothers’ Hospital in Boston, these women also gave birth to heavier children.
The duration of a woman’s menstrual cycle and a history of irregular periods may be associated with a lower risk of depression in Chinese women, but a higher risk of depressive symptoms in French postmenopausal women, according to some contradicting research.
The study merely found a link, so the researchers said it’s crucial to validate these results with additional research and comprehend the mechanisms at play.
SOURCE: North American Menopause Society, news release, Aug. 24, 2022