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Over the last few months he has measured the uteruses of 5,000 women using ultrasound and drawn up a table of the average ratio of a uterus’s length to its width for different age bands.
The data shows that this ratio is about 2 at birth and then it steadily decreases through a woman’s life to 1.46 when she is in old age.
Dr Verguts was thrilled to discover that when women are at their most fertile, between the ages of 16 and 20, the ratio of length to width of a uterus is 1.6 – a very good approximation to the golden ratio
“This is the first time anyone has looked at this, so I am pleased it turned out so nicely,” he said.