Transcript for By the Numbers: Slight increase in women’s reproductive years
We turn now to a new study that finds that women in the US maybe experiencing menopause at a later age may have slightly more reproductive years overall than they did forty years ago we take a look. By the numbers 49 point nine years old that's the average age of women in the US Richman a cause it's actually an increase from 48 point four years ago. The average age for decades ago according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Meanwhile twelve point seven years old is now the average age girls in the west at their first period. That's younger than thirteen after years ago the average age forty years ago which means on average women in the US now have 37 point one of reproductive years also known as our reproductive lifespan. An increase of two point one years from a generation ago. ABC news chief medical correspondent doctor Jennifer Ashton. Says it broadening of reproductive years could a slight decrease in cardiovascular disease in women. But could also raise the risk of breast cancer ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer which are formal W responsive.
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