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Can the age at which you begin menstruating affect your fertility?
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Dr. Cassandra Ndiforchu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
Women who start menses at an early age tend to reach menopause later. Women whose periods start significantly later do tend to reach menopause at an earlier age.
The cumulative effect is that the total number of reproductive years is shortened.

In brief: Yes
Women who start menses at an early age tend to reach menopause later. Women whose periods start significantly later do tend to reach menopause at an earlier age.
The cumulative effect is that the total number of reproductive years is shortened.
Dr. Cassandra Ndiforchu
Dr. Cassandra Ndiforchu
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Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine
In brief: Usually not
Usually this does not affect your fertility, unless you have some unusual medical condition that affects your cycles.
Starting your period a few years earlier or later than average should not impact your fertility as an adult. Before you try to conceive, it is always a good idea to talk with your gynecologist and get a check up. Check out www.Sbivf.Com for more detailed information.

In brief: Usually not
Usually this does not affect your fertility, unless you have some unusual medical condition that affects your cycles.
Starting your period a few years earlier or later than average should not impact your fertility as an adult. Before you try to conceive, it is always a good idea to talk with your gynecologist and get a check up. Check out www.Sbivf.Com for more detailed information.
Dr. Serena Chen
Dr. Serena Chen
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