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How does pregnancy affect the onset of postmenopause?

Julia Schlam Edelman
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Each woman is born with a certain number of eggs and uses them up at her own rate. Women who have had two full-term pregnancies enter postmenopause later than those who do not. During full-term pregnancies, ovulation is suspended, so eggs are not used up as quickly. You also have a break from ovulation during the time you spend nursing your infant.

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