Premature Menopause Info
Most women go through menopause later in life, but some women experience it before the age of 40. This is known as "premature menopause." In some cases, it occurs naturally. Other times, it may be induced by events such as surgical removal of the ovaries. Some of the other things that can cause a woman to go through menopause prematurely include:
- Chromosome defects
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Symptoms of premature menopause are often the same as those seen with menopause that develops later in life. These can include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, emotional problems, and sleep problems, among others. Also, women who experience premature menopause tend to get weaker bones faster than women who enter menopause later in life. This increases their chances of getting osteoporosis and breaking a bone.
(For more info on this topic, including details on lab tests that can help make a definitive diagnosis, click Premature Menopause.)