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Night Shifts and Early Menopause Linked

Women who regularly work night shifts are more likely to experience early menopause, according to a new study.

Doctors from the University of Dalhousie in Canada have linked working at least three night shifts per month with a nine per cent increase in early menopause risk.

But why is this the case? And is there a way to manage this risk among women who work night shifts on a regular basis? Let’s take a look.

The Link Between Rotating Night Shifts and Menopause

The research found that working just a few night shifts in a month for two years or more could be enough to increase the likelihood of early menopause. However, among women who had worked a regular pattern of night shifts for 20 years or more, the risk of early menopause increased by almost three-quarters (73 per cent).

These findings were based on 80,000 nurses, whose shift patterns and health were tracked by the researchers over a 22-year period.

Dr David Stock, lead author of the study, commented: “This is the first study into a link between rotating night shifts and age at menopause, and we found a moderate but significant link.

“For women who went through the menopause before the age of 45, shift work seemed to be particularly important. This could be due to disruption of their circadian rhythms, stress or fatigue, although more research is needed.”

It is thought that being exposed to artificial light for long periods when you’re usually asleep could disrupt your hormonal balance, particularly the production of oestrogen, over time, which may be why some women who work night shifts go through menopause earlier than average.

But there are ways to manage your hormonal balance, whatever hours you work, to help you to get a hold on any symptoms of menopause you’re experiencing, so you can continue to feel your best despite the natural changes taking place in your body.

Managing Hormonal Activity Amid Night Shifts

Menopause supplements can help you to rebalance your hormonal activity with natural ingredients, such as the soy derivative DT56a, which can be found in Femarelle® supplements.

Femarelle® Rejuvenate is designed to be taken in your 40s to help with perimenopausal symptoms, and it could be a good option for rebalancing your hormones if you feel they may be unbalanced due to an unconventional sleeping pattern.

While the average age for menopause in the UK is 51 and early menopause refers to symptoms that occur before a woman reaches the age of 45, Femarelle® Rejuvenate can be taken from your early 40s onwards to support you in feeling healthy.

These supplements also contain vitamins to help you to feel your best, with biotin included in this particular supplement to boost the appearance and feel of your skin and hair in the early stages of menopause, for example.

Explore our full range of natural menopause supplements here.