November 2008: Publication on Results on age at menopause and determinants from two population-based studies, SAPALDIA and ECRHS: Age at menopause varies across Europe and may be shifting towards higher ages.

The observed secular trend seems paradoxical, since several adult determinants, overweight, smoking, sedentarity and nulliparity, associated with early timing of menopause, are on the rise in Europe. Amongst other influences, it may reflect the impact of improved early childhood nutrition and health on reproductive aging. (Dratva J. et al  Menopause. 2008 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print])