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Scientists can predict when menopause will happen

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A study claims it has found a way to predict at what age a woman will begin menopause. The test, conducted by scientists, reportedly measures the amount of hormone AMH – responsible for the development of follicles in the ovaries.

Scientists in Iran tested 266 women between the ages of 20 and 49 over the course of 12 years, the BBC reports.

Ramezani Tehrani of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, who led the study , told Reuters: “The results … could enable us to make a more realistic assessment of women’s reproductive status many years before they reach menopause,” said.

Researchers were also able to create a statiscal model with which they claim they can calculate the age at which a woman will enter menopause from just one blood sample.

The findings of this research are significant as it gives women a clear time frame during which they can plan their career and creating a family.

“A woman may cease monthly ovulation and experience menopause at 50, but she will probably have been effectively infertile for several years prior to this,” Tehrani said. “It will be important to let patients know that fertility will have declined greatly in the years preceding the final ovulation.”

What is menopause?

Celebrities who have gone through menopause include Whoopi GoldbergSusan SarandonStevie NicksRosie O-Donnell and Jane Seymour.

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