Signs Of Early/Premature Menopause And All You Need To Know About It Signs Of Early/Premature Menopause And All You Need To Know About It
Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the hormone that controls the reproductive cycle. Anything that damages your ovaries or stops estrogen production... Signs Of Early/Premature Menopause And All You Need To Know About It

Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the hormone that controls the reproductive cycle. Anything that damages your ovaries or stops estrogen production can cause early menopause. The average age of onset for “natural” menopause is 51. However, because of genetics, illness, or medical procedures, some women go through menopause before the age of 40. Menopause that occurs before this age, whether natural or induced, is known as “premature” menopause.

What are the symptoms of early menopause?

Early menopause can begin as soon as you start having irregular periods or periods that are noticeably longer or shorter than normal. Other symptoms of early menopause include:

  • heavy bleeding
  • spotting
  • periods that last longer than a week
  • a period after a year of no bleeding

In these cases, see your doctor to check for any other issues that might be causing these symptoms.

Other common symptoms of menopause include:

  • moodiness
  • changes in sexual feelings or desire
  • vaginal dryness
  • trouble sleeping
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • loss of bladder control

The up side to premature menopause

Starting menopause early can actually protect you from other diseases. These include estrogen-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer. Women who enter menopause late (after age 55) are at greater risk of breast cancer than those who enter the transition earlier. This is because their breast tissue is exposed to estrogen for a longer time.

The downside to premature menopause

In addition to dealing with hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms that accompany menopause, many women undergoing premature menopause have to cope with additional physical and emotional concerns. For example, because menopause signals the end of a woman’s fertile years, a woman who wishes to get pregnant is likely to have trouble.

Fertility and your options

If you’re interested in having children, you still have a few options for growing your family. These include:

  • adoption
  • egg donation
  • having a surrogate mother carry your child

A fertility specialist may also suggest procedures that can help you bear children. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one procedure that allows you to have children even after the onset of menopause. Talk to your doctor before attempting IVF. Its risks and success can be affected by many factors, including your age and overall health.

How Is Premature Menopause Diagnosed?

To diagnose premature menopause, your doctor will most likely perform a physical exam and draw blood to rule out other conditions, such as pregnancy and thyroid disease. He or she may also order a test to measure your estradiol levels. Low levels of estradiol, a form of estrogen, can indicate that your ovaries are starting to fail. When estradiol levels are below 30, it may signal that you are in menopause.

However, the most important test used to diagnose premature menopause is a blood test that measures follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH causes your ovaries to produce estrogen. When your ovaries slow down their production of estrogen, your levels of FSH increase. When your FSH levels rise above 40 mIU/mL, it usually indicates that you are in menopause.

Source: Health Line, Web MD

Nkasiobi Chukwu

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    2017-06-13 #1 Author

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    2017-06-13 #2 Author

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    2017-06-13 #3 Author

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    2017-06-14 #5 Author

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