A blood test that measures ovarian hormone levels can predict when women will reach the menopause, Iranian scientists have said.

The test was able to predict the age at which women reached the menopause to within an average of four months in trials.

Researchers at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran measured concentrations of the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) in the blood samples of 266 women aged between 20 and 49.

AMH controls the development of follicles in the ovaries from which eggs develop.

The results showed a strong correlation between predicted and actual age at menopause for the 63 women in the group who reached the menopause during the study.

The largest margin of error in the trial was four years.

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