“If you’re wondering why you entered menopause earlier or later than other women, blame your mother. That’s because numerous studies have confirmed…”.1

Mother

Do women enter menopause around the same age as their mothers?

In Genetics Play Strong Role In Determining Age of Menopause and Overall Longevity the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) report:

“If you’re wondering why you entered menopause earlier or later than other women, blame your mother. That’s because numerous studies have confirmed the role of genetics in determining a woman’s age at menopause”.2

In Managing Menopause: Don’t Let Symptoms of Menopause Reduce Your Quality of Life – When Is Menopause? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“When you reach menopause may be influenced by the age you had your first period, the age your mother underwent menopause, or the length of your menstrual cycle; women with shorter, more frequent cycles may reach menopause earlier”.3
Mother’s Menopause

Respond

Do women respond to menopause the same way as their mothers?

The NAMS explain:

“How you respond to menopause may be similar to or very different from how your mother or sisters or friends responded”.4

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What if would like to find out more about my menopause?

If you would like to find out more about your menopause, it may be in your best interest to speak to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. Genetics Play Strong Role In Determining Age of Menopause and Overall Longevity. 12 June 2019. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/press-release/genetic-associations-with-age-of-menopause-6-12-19-release.pdf Accessed: 23 October 2020
  2. Genetics Play Strong Role In Determining Age of Menopause and Overall Longevity. 12 June 2019. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/press-release/genetic-associations-with-age-of-menopause-6-12-19-release.pdf Accessed: 23 October 2020
  3. Managing Menopause: Don’t Let Symptoms of Menopause Reduce Your Quality of Life – When Is Menopause? 07 May 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/news/managing-menopause-dont-let-symptoms-of-menopause-reduce-your-quality-of-life Accessed: 23 October 2020
  4. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 1 An Introduction To Menopause, 8th Edition 2015:2

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