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Kids are starting menstruation earlier, study shows. Here is what that means for their health

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Younger generations are experiencing earlier onset of their first periods, and the time it takes for their menstrual cycles to become regular is also changing, according to a recent study. The study analyzed data from over 70,000 participants who provided self-reported information about their menstrual cycles. The findings suggest that these trends are particularly pronounced in individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups and those of lower socioeconomic status. Early menarche and irregular periods can signal future physical and psychological issues, potentially leading to adverse health outcomes and disparities. The study emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing these trends to support better health outcomes.