Age at menarche in Turkish adolescents in Kahramanmaras, Eastern Mediterranean region of Turkey

Ekerbicer H., Celik M., Kiran H., Kiran G.

European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, vol.12, no.3, pp.289-293, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Objectives: To determine the age at menarche in adolescents in the Eastern Mediterranean city of Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Methods: The study was conducted in primary and high schools of Kahramanmaras, during the academic year 2003-2004. Data of 8212 female students were collected by using a standard questionnaire. Mean and median ages at menarche (with 95% confidence intervals) were calculated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. Also, probit analysis was performed to determine the age at menarche for all girls by estimating the age at which 10, 25, 50, 75 and 90% of the girls reached menarche. Results: According to the answers obtained through the questionnaire, 5506 (67.5%) of 8161 respondents had had their menarche. Mean age at menarche was 13.04 years (95% CI: 13.01-13.06), and median age 13.00 years (95% CI: 12.97-13.03). According to probit analyses, the probability of menstruating before the age of 11.48 years was 10% and before 15.08 years 90%. Conclusion: We provide data about age at menarche in Kahramanmaras, an Eastern Mediterranean city of Turkey. © 2007 European Society of Contraception.