Early menopause – Your questions answered

Starting menopause early can be a distressing experience, and sometimes it can be hard to read the signs for yourself, especially when they are unexpected. From why it happens, to what your body during this time and what implications it may have, read on for a short guide on early menopause.

Why do some women have an early menopause?

The menopause represents the end of your fertility lifecycle. The menopause normally occurs between the ages of 48-55. At this time, oestrogen ceases to be released from the ovaries, as do eggs, meaning periods eventually stop. In some women, the menopause can occur earlier and is known as Early or Premature Menopause for those under 40 years, and is most common with women in their 30s. If you have a family history of early menopause, you are at a higher risk yourself, those who have undergone chemotherapy treatment are also at increased likelihood of an early menopause.

How will I know if I am having an early menopause?

Primary symptoms include; missed or irregular periods, hot flushes and periods that have changed in flow and heaviness. These may be in addition to secondary symptoms such as noticeable emotional changes, dry eyes, vaginal dryness, reduced libido and insomnia. If you’re experiencing any of these and have reason to be concerned, you can go to your gynaecologist who will be able to run some tests to see if you are experiencing an early menopause. Your gynaecologist can also help manage your early menopause.

What implications are there for an early menopause?

The first is psychological. Many women find it hard to accept they are coming to this life stage earlier than expected. This can be helped with the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy and counselling. Another major implication is for women who have not yet had children and still want to. The options then include the removal of eggs for use in IVF immediately. A third implication is the women’s overall health as the reduction in oestrogen can increase the likelihood of osteoporosis, ovarian cancer, gum disease and even tooth loss.

If you are concerned you may be going through the early menopause or you’re looking for a female gynaecologist in London, then contact Tania Adib today. Tania can help with the diagnosis and also the treatment and support throughout the process.