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In 2001 a gathering of high-level practitioners and researchers came together to create a guideline that brings forth a scheme that stages reproductive aging in females (Soules, Sherman, Parrott, Rebar, Santoro, Utian, & Woods, 2001). Additionally, they developed common vocabulary as to reduce confusion when speaking about the later former reproductive years in a female’s life. The original Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW) is a breakdown, or explanation, of a female’s reproductive lifecycle throughout their different ages. There are 7 stages, starting at -5 and progressing through +2. -5 being early, -4 peak, -3 late of the reproductive years. -2 early, -1 late of the women’s menopausal period. And finally, the postmenopausal period of +1 early, and +2 late (Harlow et al., 2012). Each stage is also differentiated by the change in hormonal levels, and changing of one’s overall length of the menstrual cycle.

STRAW + 10 improves upon the original STRAW conclusions by adding to the comprehensiveness of it, and attempting to fill in the gaps. They also attempted to recognize that not all women have the same symptoms and reproductive, menopausal, and postmenopausal routes and/or pathologies. As each patient is different, they wanted to try and avoid grouping women based upon age, signs and symptoms, and pathologies (Harlow et al., 2012). Therefore, with the inclusion of STRAW +10 will allow for a more inclusive date collection, and increase the ability to compare studies as it relates to a female’s stage (Ding et al., 2013).

As in all areas of medicine, the acknowledgement of the need for further research and expanding upon STRAW + 10 is included. With collaboration comes increased knowledge. And with the expansion of the seven areas research needs to focus on, there will be more questions and a need to further expand upon the STRAW + 10.


Ding, T., Luo, A., Jiang, J., Du, X., Yang, S., Lai, Z., … Wang, S. (2013). Changes of endocrine and ultrasound markers as ovarian aging in modifying the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW) staging system with subclassification of mid reproductive age stage. Gynecological Endocrinology: The Official Journal Of The International Society Of Gynecological Endocrinology, 29(1), 6–9.

Harlow, S. D., Gass, M., Hall, J. E., Lobo, R., Maki, P., Rebar, R. W., … de Villiers, T. J. (2012). ASRM pages: Executive summary of the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop + 10: addressing the unfinished agenda of staging reproductive aging. Fertility and Sterility, 97, 843–851.

Soules MR, Sherman S, Parrott E, Rebar R, Santoro N, Utian W, & Woods N. (2001). Executive summary. Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW). Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine, 10(9), 843–848. Retrieved from…

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