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That Time of the Month and That
Time of Her Life

Something you're likely to inherit from Mom? How her
menstrual cycle played out over the course of her life,
Northrup says.
"The age at which your mother got her first period and
the age at which she went through menopause-and if it
was a natural menopause-those tend to be consistent
from mothers to daughters," Northrup says.
If your mother had a premature or early menopause-
premature menopause begins before age 40; early menopause begins between ages 40 and 45-you might also be
at risk to begin menopause before the typical time, which
affects your fertility. Knowing when your mother began
menopause helps you plan for children if you want them.
Women who undergo premature or early menopause
are also at higher risk for heart disease and osteoporosis because of the reduced amount of time their bodies
produce estrogen, according to the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services' Office on Women's Health.
That doesn't mean you will get either of those conditions, Northrup says, but it does mean you might want to
take some steps to mitigate them.

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Sources for notes: National Cancer Institute, American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Anxiety and Depression Association
of America, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services



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