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A life course approach to women’s reproductive health

Janet Rich-Edwards

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0002

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

A life course approach to women’s reproductive health

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This chapter explores the emerging evidence that adult reproductive function is shaped by intergenerational, in utero, and childhood factors, as well as adult environment. It opens with a discussion of early life factors that shape women's reproductive health, with a focus on determinants of pregnancy outcome. It then presents evidence that the gynecological and obstetric health status of young women reveals latent chronic disease processes.

Keywords: female reproductive health; chronic disease; women's health; pregnancy

Chapter.  10316 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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