Menstrual Cycle Length May Predict More Severe Menopause Symptoms

A new study of 634 women explored menstrual cycle length as a potential predictor of when a woman would reach menopause and menopause symptom severity. The study found that women with shorter menstrual cycles had higher rates of all menopausal symptoms than women with normal cycles. They were also likely to experience worse sleep, heart discomfort, and depressive mood. They also reported reaching menopause at an earlier age.

Women with long menstrual cycles did not have the same experience.

The study is part of Project Viva—a larger ongoing longitudinal research project from Harvard Medical School—dedicated to improving the health of mothers and their children by looking at a multitude of factors during pregnancy and after birth.


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