ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Menopause: An Emerging Issue in India

This paper analyses the National Family Health Survey-2 data in order to assess the variations in the levels of menopause in India and its states. It also examines the non-biological correlates of menopause and highlights the emerging issues of menopause. The variations with respect to different socio-economic, demographic, nutritional and reproduction-related variables imply that by and large women from the poor socio-economic sections reach menopause early compared with their counterparts. As India is still characterised by a large number of illiterate women with a low age at marriage and early childbearing with poor nutritional levels, the problem of early menopause may continue to be a burden in the future too.

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