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Menopause

08 July 2010

Prenatal exposure affects menopause

Events surrounding a baby girl's birth may affect the age at which she later goes through menopause.

Events surrounding a baby girl's birth may affect the age at which she later goes through menopause.

A woman's ovaries hold the most eggs while she is in her mother's womb: about 5 million at 24 weeks gestation. By birth, she's left with roughly 2 million. The count continues to fall until menopause, when the last 1,000 eggs of her supply begin to run out and menstruation and fertility end.

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