Premature menopause facts
- When menopause occurs before the age of 40, it is referred to as premature menopause.
- One medical causes of premature menopause is known as premature ovarian failure.
- Other causes of premature menopause include damage to the ovaries by chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments, or surgical removal of the ovaries.
- The symptoms of premature menopause are those of typical menopause. They can include mood swings, vaginal dryness, cognitive changes, hot flashes, decrease in sex drive, and sleep disturbances.
- Diagnostic tests can show an elevated level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and low level of estradiol.
- There is no treatment that can reverse or prevent premature menopause.
- Hormone therapy and other treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms of premature menopause.
- Complications of premature menopause include infertility and an increased risk for osteoporosis.
What is premature menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when menstrual periods cease. It is defined medically as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. The average age for a natural menopause is 51. Sometimes, menopause occurs earlier, due to diseases, genetic factors, or surgery. There is also a wide variation among women regarding the timing of normal menopause. However, when menopause occurs before the age of 40, it is referred to as premature menopause.
This information is provided by MedicineNet.