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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Genetic Testing to Predict early Menopause

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 8:02 PM Comments

Article first published as Timing Conception in Early Menopausal ladies be Possible on Technorati.

The reproductive life of a woman is more or less stipulated except some exceptions. Generally, fertility decreases towards the age of menopause. Menopause is commonly seen around the age of 45 years. But, sometimes early and late menopause are also noticed.
Early menopause is associated with decreased risk of breast cancer whereas late is associated with increased risk of the cancer. Early menopause is also associated with reduced reproductive life and other risks of menopause like; osteoporosis, post-menopausal symptoms and decreased sex drive.
In this age of late marriages and desire to have children a little later in the life may have to be addressed where a lady destined to have early menopause. This is not possible at the moment to predict who will menopause when.
In a recent study researchers found four genes are associated with menopause. They compared 2,000 women from the Breakthrough Generations Study who had experienced early menopause with a matched group of the same number. Each of the four genes independently contributed to early menopause. In combination, they had a larger impact, which goes towards explaining why some women experience early menopause.
This research may help women when to end their reproductive life and when to have children. Further, they may get prepared to tackle the post-menopausal problems.
The power to conceive decreases roughly ten years before the menopause begins. Ladies programmed for early menopause getting married late in 30s are more likely to face problem in conceiving.
Relatively inexpensive genetic testing can be developed to address this problem.

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