Ground water arsenic contamination is a major problem in the Bengal Delta plain. The present study investigates the effect of arsenic exposure on age at menarche in North 24-Parganas district, one of the worst affected districts. A higher mean menarcheal age of 12.50 years is reported from women residing in four arsenic affected villages in as compared to a control village (11.71 years). The differences in menarcheal age between three of the four affected villages and the control village are statistically significant (p < 0.05). The study indicates that arsenic exposure can have a negative effect on menarcheal age.
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The authors acknowledge the cooperation of “Save The Environment, Calcutta”. The University Grants Commission, Govt. of India has supported the study financially (Grant No: F.PSW-022/03-04 dated 12.03.2004).
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Sen, J., Chaudhuri, A.B.D. Effect of Arsenic on the Onset of Menarcheal Age. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 79, 293–296 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-007-9206-7
- Menarcheal age
- Arsenic contamination