Study shows earlier puberty for girls in Europe

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ANA SmartBrief | 04/28/2009

Results of a European study of puberty back up recent U.S. findings that girls are maturing at an earlier age. Denmark researchers found the average age for breast growth to begin in girls dropped from 10.88 years in 1991 to 9.86 in 2006. The average age for first menstruation was 13.42 in 1991 and 13.13 in 2006. The researchers said they aren’t sure what might be causing the trend. Reuters (04/27)

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.