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It’s unlikely you expected to read about menopause today. We know the readers of our blog are between the ages of 19 and 35, so its unlikely menopause is on your mind. After all, that’s something that you know will happen… but not for a very long time indeed.
Most of us associate menopause with women over the age of 50, which is a fair assumption. The average age women go through the menopause is 51 in the US, so it seems like an issue that you won’t have to deal with for a long time to come.
Unfortunately, for some women, that isn’t the case. Menopause can literally happen at any time– and it’s something you need to be on the lookout for. Below, we’ll examine the most common questions surrounding early (sometimes called “premature”) menopause, as well as the answers you need to know.
What is early menopause?
Early menopause is generally defined as menopause occurring when the woman is under the age of 40. Some countries lower this age to 35, but the US generally considers menopause before the age of 40 as being “early”.
How common is early menopause?
Statistics show only 1% of women will go through early menopause, which sounds encouraging until you remember 1% of women in the US equals around three million women. So early menopause isn’t likely, but it’s also not a particular rarity.
What are the symptoms of early menopause?
The symptoms of early menopause are identical to the symptoms of menopause at an older age. These symptoms include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Emotional changes (irritability or even depression)
- Dry skin, eyes, or mouth
- Irregular or missed periods
Is early menopause a problem?
Given that menopause is inevitable, the idea of encountering it sooner rather than later might not sound that concerning. If you have had your children and consider your family complete, then menopause isn’t that daunting a prospect. You will likely need some form of supplements such as those provided by The Healthy Choice to keep you feeling your best, but menopause shouldn’t have any lasting consequences.
However, if you go through early menopause before you have had the number of children you want, then this can be problematic. If you notice any of the menopausal signs developing, it’s vital not to dismiss them. Many women dismiss clearly menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes) as they assume they’re too young to be experiencing menopause– you now know that that’s not the case. Talk to a doctor if you experience any menopausal symptoms, no matter what your age. While the process can’t be stopped, you should have fertility options to ensure you don’t miss your chance of motherhood.
Can early menopause be predicted?
No, though there are a few indicators. Studies have shown that women who start menstruation early are more likely to experience earlier menopause, but not necessarily early menopause.
This means vigilance, and rapid response to symptoms is the best method of dealing with the issue.
Hopefully, the above has provided some useful information about a little-known health condition that can have wide-ranging consequences.