Childhood Sexual Abuse Might Spur Early Periods

AJC

May 21, 2009

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) –The younger they were when they started menstruating, the more likely black women were to have suffered childhood sexual abuse, U.S. researchers report.

The finding suggests childhood sexual abuse may increase the likelihood of early periods.

Researchers looked at more than 35,000 women, aged 21 to 69, taking part in the Black Women’s Health Study and found that 43 percent reported physical abuse and 18 percent reported sexual abuse when they were children.

The study found that women who suffered one to three incidents of childhood sexual abuse were 26 percent more likely to have had menstrual periods before age 12, while those who experienced four or more incidents of childhood sexual abuse were 34 percent more likely to have had early periods.

There was a weaker association between early periods and childhood physical abuse, according to the study, published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Comment from Leslie –

Tell me again, why men think that it is ok to prey on innocent young women to get off?  And please, do remind me Рwhy is that women are so hated and disrespected?

PG

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.