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Test to predict early menopause could soon be available with private medical cover

Published on 19/10/2010
A genetic test that can predict if a woman is likely to have an early menopause could soon be available as part of a private medical cover package.

Researchers have identified four genes that seem to have an impact on a woman's reproductive lifespan.

Scientists hope the discovery can now be used to identify those most likely to experience an early menopause so that they can make informed decisions on when to have children.

One in 20 women starts their menopause early (regarded as before the age of 46), which is also associated with an increased risk of developing certain health problems.

Published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, researchers from the Institute of Cancer research (ICR) and the University of Exeter studied the genes of 2,000 women who had experienced early menopause.

These were then compared to the genes of a similar number of women who had entered the menopause at the normal age.

Professor Anthony Swerdlow from the ICR, said: "We have made a valuable step towards helping women across the country identify and predict whether they are at risk of early menopause. This may in turn allow them to make informed decisions about their future fertility."
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