Premature Ovarian Failure: Poverty and Smoking Linked to POF

by Laura Ramirez on July 6, 2011

Premature ovarian failure has been linked to low income and smoking. It’s no surprise that women from the lowest socioeconomic class have a three times greater chance of going through early menopause (before age 40) than other women do. Just think about all the emotional stress that comes from constantly worrying about how you’re going to put food on the table or pay the rent. There is also a strong relationship between smoking and early onset of menopause. Low quality of life as indicated by economic stress and lifestyle stress (which can certainly lead to bad habits like smoking) have a great impact on a woman’s ability to get pregnant in her thirties and beyond.

Women from the lowest social class are almost three times as likely to have premature ovarian failure as those from the highest social class, a researcher…/2011-07-socioeconomic-class-linked-pr…

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The risk of premature ovarian failure is increased by smoking.

This study shows that economic and psychological stress as well as good physical care (read: no smoking!) are intricately tied to a woman’s reproductive health during her thirties and forties. Remember, balanced hormones are the key to health and longevity. Use this information to help yourself and other women in your life to prevent premature ovarian failure. ᅠ If you smoke, stop smoking. If you know any young girls that come from impoverished backgrounds, encourage them to focus on education. Higher education allows women to move up the economic ladder, get better jobs and reduce financial worries so they can enjoy their lives and take better care of their families.ᅠ

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