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Does my family history determine when I'll start menopause?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health

While your mother's age at natural menopause is commonly cited as predicting your age at menopause, the studies vary in supporting this. Many studies fail to find a link. One study of mothers and daughters supported similar ages of natural menopause for both generations and another study of identical twins also supported a genetic influence in age of natural menopause. Of course, if your mother had a surgical menopause, a hysterectomy, you can't use her age to help you predict your menopause.

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