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Menarche and Time to Cycle Regularity Among Individuals Born Between 1950 and 2005 in the US | Pediatrics | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network

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GP and women’s health expert Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM has warned early onset menstruation in Australia is occurring as early as Grade 2 or 3, 8–11 years old, for some girls, which she says is causing a lag in current education efforts, which is typically provided in Years 5 and 6 in Australia.

“A delay in education could leave many girls unprepared for the physical and emotional changes of puberty, potentially exacerbating feelings of confusion and distress,” Associate Professor Simonis said.


“We need a concerted effort to provide comprehensive and age-appropriate education about menstruation earlier in primary school, coupled with efforts to remove the stigma surrounding it.”

The comments follow a Harvard University study which found early or very early menstruation for girls has nearly doubled over five decades in the US.

“Healthcare professionals, particularly GPs, can play a vital role in advocating for improved education and supporting young patients and their families through this important developmental stage,” Associate Professor Magda Simonis said.


“Early onset menstruation can be problematic as girls are often not aware of what’s happening to their bodies. Parents often don’t talk to their children about puberty in early childhood and schools provide basic education when children are older.”


The increase in body mass index or childhood obesity due to dietary choices and children spending more time on computers and games is considered an important factor.


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