American Girls Getting First Period Increasingly Earlier Over Last 50 Years

Y’all know what this means.

Nature is correcting for the population de—

No, sorry, I’m not making that joke.

I hate to disappoint you, but I’m not making that joke.

The Guardian:

Girls in the United States had their first periods earlier over the last five decades and it took longer to experience regular cycles, a new study has found.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, found the trend is especially pronounced among Black, Hispanic, Asian and mixed race participants, and among those who reported lower socioeconomic status.

This is important because early menarche,” or a first period, “and irregular periods can signal physical and psychosocial problems later in life,” said Zifan Wang, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health and lead author of the study.

Beginning in 2019, researchers from Harvard and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) surveyed more than 71,000 participants born between 1950 and 2005 about when they got their first period, when it became regular and for certain demographic information. Researchers then divided the group into five generational brackets.

They found that women born in the oldest bracket, between 1950-1969, got their period at 12.5 years old on average, compared to 11.9 years old for the youngest group, born between 2000-2005.

The study was conducted through an app as part of the Apple Women’s Health Study. This has allowed researchers to check back in with a group multiple times, or what researchers call a longitudinal study design.

Although the study was large, it relies on self-reported information – which is generally considered less reliable than sources such as medical or financial records. In some cases, it would have required participants to think back decades. Still, the study will likely provide direction for future research.

In addition to a younger average age of menarche, the study found the rate of people getting a first period early (younger than 11) or very early (younger than nine) roughly doubled between the oldest and youngest generations. For the oldest group, 8.6% got a period before 11 years old, compared to 15.5% of people in the youngest generation. Similarly, 0.6% of people in the oldest generation got a period before age nine, compared to 1.4% in the youngest generation.

We certainly see patients who are presenting with periods at age nine or 10,” said Dr Anne-Marie Amies Oelschlager, a pediatric gynecologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) clinical consensus committee for gynecology.

Many factors influence the onset of puberty, but the exact reasons for menarche and breast development at younger ages is debated. One hypothesis is that higher body fat percentage triggers the pituitary gland to produce puberty hormones. Other research has shown that body mass index is the greatest predictor of early menses. Scientists reason that a greater prevalence of childhood obesity may explain the higher proportion of girls getting early periods.

“What we need to ask is, why has [body mass index] gone up?” Dr Frank Biro, a physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, told Scientific American. “Decreased physical activity and a more calorically dense diet are probably part of the puzzle. But I think another critical piece is our ubiquitous environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

Frankly, it isn’t even a joke.

These girls getting pregnant could have serious effects on their health.

Of course, the effects on their health that we’re already aware of just from the fact they are having these periods at these ages is so intensely extreme that it is absolute madness that you’re only going to read about it in the Guardian, while the New York Times continues to flood you with gibberish about viruses and how cow farts change the weather.

There are very, very serious problems being caused by chemical pollution, and not only does the global warming movement not care about this, everything they want to do to “stop global warming” makes this all so, so much worse.