Factors influencing age at menarche – a school based cross sectional study


  • Narayan Namboothri G A J Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Mangalore
  • Varghese Iybu Chacko A J Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Mangalor https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7769-531X
  • Anusha Rashmi K S Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6431-9254
  • Shreyaswi Sathyanath A J Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Mangalore https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5919-1222
  • Manjula Anil A J Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Mangalore




menstruation, menarche, milk, diet


Hormones, life style, animal proteins etc are factors that influence menarche. Like-wise a declining trend in age at menarche has been noticed over the past few years. This study was taken up with the objectives to study factors that are associated with menarche in our study population. Hence a school-based cross-sectional study was undertaken for the same which showed the mean age of menstruation was 12.5 years. It was significantly influenced by milk intake (p <.05). Mothers’ age at menarche was also found to be significantly associated with their daughters’ age at menarche. Conclusion: This study provides an insight into determining factors affecting age of menarche, focusing on dietary and maternal factors. Milk consumption was found to be an important factor.


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Narayan Namboothri G, Varghese Iybu Chacko, Rashmi A, Shreyaswi Sathyanath, Manjula Anil. Factors influencing age at menarche – a school based cross sectional study. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];32(2):444-6. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1410



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