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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 2005  |  Volume: 11  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 146 - 154

Sociodemographic factors and age at natural menopause in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran

Ayatollahi S.M.T., Ghaem H. and Ayatollahi S.A.R.    

Abstract: With increasing life expectancy, menopause is an increasingly important aspect of women's health. We recorded the age at natural menopause among women in a population-based cross-sectional study in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran, in summer 2000. Interviews with 948 randomly selected menopausal women showed the mean [st and ard deviation] age at menopause was 48.3 [5.3] years [95% CI: 48.0-48.6], median 49 years. The sociodemographic and health behaviour factors that were significantly related to early mean age of menopause were: never married [44.7 years], low income level [47.4 years], low social class [45.8 years], tobacco use [47.9 years] and non-consanguineous husb and [48.1 years].

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