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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health$
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Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.001.0001

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A life course approach to women’s reproductive health

A life course approach to women’s reproductive health

(p.23) Chapter 2 A life course approach to women’s reproductive health
A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Janet Rich-Edwards

Oxford University Press

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

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