Menopause has always been associated with women who have thinning gray hair, facial wrinkles, and a large number on their birthday cakes. But shockingly, menopause can come right after high school graduation. Reality bites.
Early-onset of menopause occurs in about 1% of women between the ages of 15-45. While these two seem the same, these are actually two different things. It is considered as early if it happens before a woman turns 45 years old. However, if menopause happens before a woman is 40 years old, then it is called premature menopause.
While there are a number of apparent reasons which cause premature menopause in women, doctors are unable to explain why some younger women are experiencing premature menopause.
The most evident causes are:
1 Premature Ovarian Failure
This is the naturally-occurring premature menopause. This means that a woman’s ovaries fail to function properly. The ovaries may have stopped producing eggs or the hormones needed for ovulation. POV is caused by several factors. Sixty-five percent of POV cases are due to autoimmune disorders. This is characterized when the body produces antibodies for its own products. Another factor is genetics. A small percentage of women have the tendency to start menopause early like their mothers. Some women though are just born with fewer eggs than the body requires, resulting in early menopause.
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