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Yet Another Reason To Quit

Yet Another Reason To Quit



Researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway recently published a study in the BMC Public Health online journal reporting that women who smoke cigarettes are more likely to experience early menopause (which also gives them an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease).



The researchers studied over two thousand women between the ages of 59 and 60 and found that the women who smoke were 59 percent more likely than the non-smokers to undergo early menopause. This number nearly doubled for the heaviest smokers in the test group.

The new study reports that women who quit smoking at least ten years before menopause were 87 percent less likely than the current smokers to have experienced early menopause. The earlier women were able to quit the less chance they had of hitting menopause before age 45.

The team of researchers also found that those exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis may be at heightened risk of going through an earlier menopause. Widows and women who described themselves in poor health were more likely to experience premature menopause. Whereas, socially active and well-educated women usually did not hit menopause until later.

So what does experiencing early menopause mean to a woman who smokes? According to an article published in Main Line Health, women who smoke are at a greater risk of experiencing more intense symptoms of menopause than those who do not smoke.

The article also discusses fragile bone risk (osteoporosis) from early menopause. Dr Lisa Freedman writes, "If you are a woman who smokes than you are 35 percent more likely to break your hip after menopause than if you did not smoke."


What do you think of this new study linking early menopause to cigarette smoking?

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  • PARTYOF6 By PARTYOF6
    08.25.07  

    I had smoked on and off for thirteen years. I quit when I was pregnant and nursing but I just couldn't stay away after my babies were weaned. All the energy I spent finding the time to sneak outside for a smoke was just plain stupid. We went on a family vacation in June and I told my husband that I was not going to smoke the whole ten days we were out of town. Of course he supported me. The vacation was what I needed to break the everyday routine and when I got home it was actually easy to give up smoking. I tried to change the everyday schedule that I had going so it wasn't easy to take the five min. to go outside to have a smoke. I feel so good and I am proud of myself. I LOVE not smelling like an ash tray!

  • migirlfriday By migirlfriday
    08.29.07  

    I will have to agree with the findings. I am in perimenopause right now and I am 38. My family does seem to have a history of starting early and I am sure that smoking does intensify the symptoms just from other women I have talked to about it.

  • freebiequeenbee By freebiequeenbee
    08.29.07  

    I had a heart attack on Mother's Day, I am 51 years old. The damage is so severe to my heart, I am left with only 25% of my heart capacity. For those who think that smoking does not cause Heart disease I am proof it does. I am scheduled for an ICD implant, a device that shocks my heart if I go into defib again. Not a prospect to look forward to, as I have a chance to die on the table. But without it I will surely die. My diagnosis is 'Sudden Death' meaning my heart can stop anytime with no warning.

    Also ladies, heart attacks need NOT give you chest pains. My symptoms were pain in the ear canal that gravitated to under my jaw. Then I began to choke to death and turn blue.

    Those cigarettes aren't worth losing your life over. I have a grand baby, my first due any day now, and I fear I will not be around to see her grown up.

    Heartbreaking but my fault entirely.

    I have not smoked since, but couldn't even if I wanted to. I can't inhale anything without turning blue and choking.

    I also started menopause early at the age of 40. I stoppped having periods entirely by 41, never had another one.

  • sharksteeth By sharksteeth
    09.08.07  

    charhess your story is very moving and I hope for future improved health for you. Unfortunately I am a Smoker. My husband about 2 weeks ago started taking Chanktix and he seems to be doing well. I orignially wanted to quit smoking first and then he found he has a slew of health problems and needed to quit if he could. I am proud of him. Now he is going to finish them out and see about me getting on it. I am more of a heavier smoker than he was so I am hoping that it will work. They are expensive but I am thinking of Health now not money.

  • lorib20 By lorib20
    09.14.07  

    I come from a long history of smokers. After 15 years and 2 unsuccessful attemps, I am smoke free for 13 years. My mother isn't so lucky. Her 50 yr. habit has resulted in C.O.P.D, many upper resiratory complications, and finally a massive stroke. She has to live with the consequences of her self destruction and we are completely powerless when we visit what's left of her at the nursing home. She thought it would never happen to her, either.

  • wannabejunecleaver By wannabejunecleaver
    09.15.07  

    I was never a heavy smoker and I quit a couple of times for 2 to 7 years at a time. The last timr I quit, ten years ago, was the first time that I couldn't stand the smell of smoke fresh or old. I am 51 and sooooo ready for menopause. I wouldn't take up smoking again to achieve it though.

  • babyblue By babyblue
    09.17.07  

    I quit smoking 3 months ago using Chantix. I had tried many times in the past to quit. It always ended the same way. I would quit, gain weight, and then start smoking again. My husband and I both quit smoking using Chantix and neither of us has gained an ounce. It really quite amazing. I have recommended this pill to others who have also quit. So if you want to quit, definitely give Chantix a try. I feel as if I never was a smoker before, and I had smoked for over 11 years. Like I said above, it's an amazing thing.

  • amerksfan1 By amerksfan1
    09.20.07  

    When I am ready to quit I will. If I did everything the FDA told me to do,(eat this, dont eat that), I would of been dead 20 years ago. Paleeeeeeeze give it a rest! I know a lot of people, mostly women who died of lung cancer and were never exposed to 2nd hand smoke nor smoked themselves. Sorry to sound so harsh but I am much happier when I can relax with a cigerette.

  • dmcgowan By dmcgowan
    10.06.07  

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2006. I underwent one chemo treatment for three months, second chemo treatment for four months, and a third chemo for one year. I had a ten week schedule of radiation, 5 days a week. In the middle of my treatments I was rushed to the hospital three times for breathing problems (asthmatic bronchitis) all due to my cigarette habit of 30 years (I was 46 years old). I am now cancer free, smoke free, and I no longer get my period due to chemotherapy. Fighting cancer was extremely hard but giving up the cigarettes was harder. I still think of that cigarette every day, but I've beat cancer for now, how stupid would I be to tempt another cancer with cigarettes.

    dmcgowan

  • sugarshot398 By sugarshot398
    10.25.07  

    I am a smoker. I started when i was in high school and like other moms, i quit when i was pregnant and nursing but it was so relaxing to start back up afterwards. I have tried numerous times to quit and its just been too hard. My husband also smokes and isnt very incouraging. All i hear is "I thought you were quitting". Now, in the state of wisconsin we are getting a new budget and the tax of cigarettes are going up another dollar January 1, 2008. That is going to be my inspiration, besides my 3 year old son. I just will not be able to afford it. I want to feel better and live better. I want to be around when my son gets married and has kids. I want to be able to see him grow up.

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