The Italian Almanac

another pointless research

Italian Science - May 13

Italian researchers say the season in which a woman is born is related to the age at which she reaches menopause.

The study of more than 2,800 women at university hospitals in Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Parma, Italy, found women born during March had the earliest average age of menopause at 48 years and nine months. Women born during October had the latest average menopausal start at 50 years and three months.

Writing in the European journal Human Reproduction, lead author Angelo Cagnacci said Wednesday the findings reinforce the idea prenatal environment affects adult life.

"Our present data seem to indicate that women born in autumn develop better during their prenatal life and are born with a higher number of ovocytes than women born in spring," Cagnacci said. The University of Modena professor admitted the study has limitations, such as faulty recall and seasonal effects that might vary from area to area.