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Cigarette Smoking Linked to Early Menopause in Postmenopausal Women, Professor Amaka Ocheke Reveals in Inaugural Lecture

Research conducted among postmenopausal women has identified cigarette smoking as one of the factors contributing to the attainment of menopause at 45 years, according to Professor Amaka Ocheke, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Jos.

Contrary to common beliefs, Professor Ocheke emphasized that both males and females can contribute to infertility among couples. In Nigeria, infertility affects a higher percentage of couples (20-30%) compared to the global average (10-15%). Ocheke highlighted that about 30% of infertility cases are due to female problems, another 30% due to male problems, and 30% due to combined male and female issues. Additionally, 10% of infertility cases have no recognizable cause.

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The lecture also touched upon twin pregnancies, with Professor Ocheke noting that the Yoruba ethnic nationality has the highest rate of twin pregnancies, which are the most common type of multiple pregnancies, especially among blacks.

Moreover, she discussed miscarriages, stating that spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) occur in about 10-20% of all pregnancies in Nigeria.

Professor Ocheke delivered these insights in the 106th inaugural lecture titled, ‘The Odyssey of the Nigerian Uterus: Bumps, Potholes, and Accidents’ at the University of Jos. The lecture highlighted important findings related to women’s health and reproductive issues.

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