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Laterality and reproductive indices

Kalichman, Leonid PT, PhD1,4; Kobyliansky, Eugene PhD2,3,4

doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31816be99f
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Objective: Several previous studies support the association between manual dominance and age at menarche or age at menopause. The aim of the present study was to estimate the association between indices of laterality and reproductive indices.

Design: The studied sample comprised 650 Chuvashian women aged 18 to 80 years (mean, 46.9; SD = 16.2). The independent-sample t test was used to compare the age at menarche or age at menopause between individuals with right or left dominance of handedness, dominant eye, hand clasping, and arm folding.

Results: No significant differences in age at menarche or age at menopause between women with right and left dominance in any of the studied laterality indices were found.

Conclusions: This is the first study that simultaneously evaluates the association between dominance in four laterality indices (handedness, dominant eye, hand clasping, and arm folding) and two reproductive indices (age at menarche and age at menopause). Result of our study do not support the hypothesis of a possible association between handedness (and other indices of laterality) and an early age at menarche or age at natural menopause.

This is the first study that simultaneously evaluates the association between dominance in four laterality indices (handedness, dominant eye, hand clasping, and arm folding) and two reproductive indices (age at menarche and age at menopause). No significant differences in age at menarche or age at menopause between women with right and left dominance at any of the studied laterality indices were found.

From the 1Department of Physical Therapy, Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, 2Human Population Biology Research Unit, Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, 3Lilian and Marcel Pollak Chair of Biological Anthropology, and 4Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Received January 5, 2008; revised and accepted February 4, 2008.

Funding/support: This study was supported by Academia grant 1042-04 from the Israeli National Science Foundation.

Financial disclosure: None reported.

Address correspondence to: Eugene Kobyliansky, PhD, Human Population Biology Research Unit, Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. E-mail: anatom14@post.tau.ac.il; kalihman@zahav.net.il

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