While connections have been made between early menstruation before age 12 and sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the U. The researchers did not try to figure out why the connections existed. And overall, an earlier age at menstruation was associated with an earlier age of sexual initiation, age at pregnancy, and first live birth. A sample of Jamaican women who menstruated early were 28 percent more likely to engage in sexual intercourse before the age of Few girls engaged in sexual intercourse before they began menstruation. Studies from several high-income countries have shown that early onset of menstruation is also associated with negative factors such as substance use and depression — all of which have sexual and reproductive health implications. While there have been many more studies conducted in high-income countries, including the U.
Girls Who Get Their Periods Early More Likely to Have Sex Younger
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Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional. Australian researchers found that among girls followed through childhood, those who started their monthly periods before age 12 did not get an earlier start on their sex lives.