Researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, US, have revealed that Phthalates, the common plasticizers and solvents used in cosmetics are linked to early menopause.

The researchers conducted a study on 5,708 women who had been participants in the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Researchers found that women who had been exposed to high amounts of Phthalates were likely to undergo menopause as much as two years early – a change from 51 years old, the average age for the onset of menopause in the US, to 49 years old.

In the study it was found that some women began menopause as much as 15 years older which could place the start of menopause for some women in their mid-thirties.

Study author Natalia Grindler said early menopause has a lot of impact on women’s health.

"We absolutely think these chemicals have the potential to affect ovarian function and human reproduction.There’s a lot that we don’t know at this point, our research is still preliminary, but it’s enough to suggest it is having a detrimental impact in the long term," Grindler added.

According to the researchers, Phthalates may be responsible for all sorts of conditions, including increased risk of diabetes and cancer.

The researchers said early menopause has been linked with increased rates for bone loss, brain hemorrhages, heart problems, and strokes.

While, Grindler could not explain why some women had such significantly higher levels of the chemical in their body than others.

However, it was thought that the risk has been linked with the use of cosmetics or a diet high in packaged foods or bottled water.

The study states that more research is needed on the way that phthalates can affect humans, specially on the human reproductive systems.