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    How Smoking Accelerates the Onset of Menopause


    Heading Up in Smoke: How Cigarette Smoking Can Accelerate Menopause

    While the average age of menopause is around 51 years, some women experience this transition much earlier – a condition known as premature or early menopause. has consistently shown that smoking is a major risk factor linked to the onset of premature menopause. According to experts, cigarette smoke exposes the body to numerous harmful chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system and accelerate the natural decline in ovarian function.

    Dr. Samantha Thomas, an obstetrician and gynecologist with over 15 years of experience, explains that chemicals in tobacco smoke like cadmium and benzo(a)pyrene interfere with hormone production in the body. This imbalance can result in irregular periods and lead to early menopause. These substances are also directly toxic to ovarian cells, reducing the egg reserve over time. Additionally, the high levels of oxidative stress from smoking damage ovarian DNA faster.

    Compared to non-smokers, women who smoke regularly are up to two years more likely to experience premature menopause before age 40. The risks increase proportionately with the quantity and duration of smoking habit. Experts stress that quitting at any stage can help reverse some of these detrimental effects. Those who quit before 30 have a similar risk profile as non-smokers, highlighting the importance of avoiding tobacco at a young age.

    In summary, cigarette smoke poses significant hazards beyond cancer and respiratory illnesses. By causing early menopause, it can impact female fertility and rob precious childhood years. With myriad resources available, making a quit attempt can be the best move towards long term wellness and quality of life.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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