Laterality and reproductive indices

Leonid Kalichman, Eugene Kobyliansky

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-995
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Arm folding
  • Chuvashian population
  • Dominant eye
  • Hand clasping
  • Handedness
  • Laterality
  • Menarche
  • Menopause

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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