Understanding Early Menopause

Every woman will go through menopause at some point in her life, whether she wants to or not. The usual age at which a woman enters this phase is about 50, and it will typically last for a couple of years. There are also those who will start the change in their 40s. This is usually a result of hereditary factors or surgery such as a hysterectomy. However, if a woman stops having her monthly periods any earlier than that, she is most likely experiencing early menopause.

The signs and symptoms of early menopause are just the same as those that are experienced by older women going through this phase. However, there is an added component that younger women have to deal with as well. They will often experience emotional and mental difficulties due to the tremendous changes taking place within the body at such an early age.

Going through menopause at such a young age of course signifies that the woman can no longer conceive, and her child bearing days are over. This can be emotionally difficult for many of these women. Others, though, might welcome an early end to their monthly periods and having to worry about birth control. However, there are other issues that can arise that are more worrisome.

These women are more at risk for certain health problems than those who have their change of life at the usual time. There is a higher chance that they will develop osteoporosis, colon cancer or ovarian cancer. This is a result of the lower estrogen levels being produced by the body too early in life. There is also a slight chance of experiencing cataracts, tooth loss and gum disease.

In the big picture, the advantages of freedom from menstruation and unwanted pregnancies don’t compensate for the risks. It’s essential that any woman who is going through this condition remain under the watchful care of her doctor. He or she will keep an eye out for these health concerns and be able to address them immediately if they appear. And make sure that you stay alert to any indications of these problems yourself.

If you think that you’re going through early menopause, visit your physician immediately. Only they will be able to diagnose it accurately. They will run some tests that can positively identify the condition. That way you’ll be more prepared to deal with any physical and mental issues related to this phase of life.

Do you think you might be experiencing early menopause? If so, you need to know what the symptoms are and how to manage them. Visit the Menopause Symptoms site for the advice you need to help you through this stressful time of life.

Menopause is something NOBODY hopes comes early – but for some sluggish ovaries, it does.

Sources:

http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Adolescent-Health-Care/Primary-Ovarian-Insufficiency-in-Adolescents-and-Young-Women

http://womenshealth.gov/menopause/early-premature-menopause/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3285482/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premature-ovarian-failure/basics/definition/con-20028351

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