Pregnancy and breastfeeding may lower risk of early menopause

A new study looked at more than 100,000 women and found that those who had been pregnant and breastfed had a lower risk of early menopause.
1:07 | 01/23/20

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Kayna, thank you. A new study highlights the health benefits of being pregnant and breast-feeding linking them to avoiding early menopause and can you tell us Both pregnancy and breast-feeding suppress ovulation and slows the release of eggs from the ovaries and therefore is theorized to kind of delay early menopause. This study looked at over 100,000 women. They set the age of early menopause, that definition, at the age of 45. They found both pregnancy and breast-feeding lowered the risk of an early menopause. Breast-feeding exclusively dropped that risk by 28%. If a woman breastfed for 7 to 12 months. One full term pregnancy dropped it by 8%, two by 16%, three by 22% so again interesting because it connects what happens in a woman's early reproductive life to something that goes on later. What are the risks of early menopause. In general we think of them as increasing the risk of osseo prose si which everyone will get with age, cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Your wheelhouse. That's my wheelhouse. Thanks, Jen.

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