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5 things you should know about premature menopause

A woman who experiences menopausal symptoms as early as 40 (or even earlier) can be said to be prematurely menopausal. On average, menopause comes when a woman hits the age of 50.

 

Premature menopause—defined as the permanent cessation of a woman’s menstrual period before the age of 40—can be a devastating blow. While the majority of women can expect to deal with the “change of life” around 51, about 1 percent of women between 30 and 39 will experience the menopausal transition earlier than expected.

The hardest part for many of them? The loss of fertility during their childbearing years, on top of the many uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms of menopause—including hot flashes and mood swings.

Symptoms of premature menopause
The absence of monthly periods for more than one year—before the age of 40—signals that a woman is likely in menopause.

Hot flashes and night sweats are very common, and can lead to difficulties with sleeping.

Memory and concentration difficulties may also crop up.

Urination can also become more frequent and even uncomfortable.

These symptoms, coupled with decreased libido, can also lead to mood swings and irritability. A dramatic decrease in the female sex hormone, estrogen, is responsible for the majority of the issues  experienced during this time.

Causes of premature menopause
Women are born with the all the eggs they will every have—approximately one million. At the time of her first period, a woman has about 400,000 eggs left. By the time she is 30, 10 percent of her eggs remain. By 40, only 3 percent are left.

 

Read more: http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/fertility/5-things-you-should-know-about-premature-menopause/

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