Age at Menopause of Urban Zulu Women

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Science  05 Aug 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3423, pp. 356-357
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3423.356-a


Interviews with a population sample of Zulu women residing in Durban, Union of South Africa, indicated a tendency for the permanent cessation of menstruation to occur late. The median menopausal age of 33 women questioned within 5 years of their menopause was 48.6 years, and their mean menopausal age was 49.2 years. It is suggested that this may be an effect of malnutrition or of climatic factors.