Early menopause can have many adverse effects on your body
Early menopause occurs when the ovaries stop functioning properly and stop producing eggs or produce very few eggs for years or even decades before we reach midlife. Pre-mature menopause begins several years before menopause. It's the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. This can affect women from teenage to early 30s. The average length of pre-mature menopause is four years, but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years. Pre-mature menopause ends when a woman has gone 12 months without having her period.
Causes of early menopause:
- Family history of early menopause
- Surgical removal of ovaries or a hysterectomy
- Medical treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy even when the ovaries are not removed.
- Medical conditions such as enzyme deficiencies, Down’s syndrome, Turner’s syndrome, Addison’s disease and hypothyroidism.
Signs of early menopause:
- Breast tenderness - Breast becomes tender when a woman goes through early menopause.
- Worse premenstrual syndrome - Premenstrual syndrome consists bloating, cramps, mood swings and headaches.
- Low sex drive - A woman may not feel like getting involved in sex.
- Fatigue - A woman may feel not so active and stay restless throughout.
- Irregular periods - Most common symptom is irregular periods or a temporary halt in menstrual cycle.
- Vaginal dryness - The vagina stops releasing natural lubricant.
- Discomfort during sex - As the vagina stops releasing natural lubricants and stay dry, woman feel uncomfortable to have sex.
- Urine urgency - Women with early menopause reported that they find it tough to hold urine.
- Mood swings - Quiet often women go through mood swings. This moment they are happy, very next moment they can be cranky.