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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0002

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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