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Early menopause

Menopause that happens earlier than the expected age of around 50 years is called premature or early menopause.

Some of the causes of early menopause include:

Sometimes, the cause of early menopause is unknown. 

Symptoms of early menopause are similar to those of women who have menopause aged in their 50’s, except they may be more severe. 

There are ways to ease the symptoms of early menopause - talk to your doctor. 

Follow the links below to find trusted information about early menopause. 

Last reviewed: July 2016

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Premature and early menopause | Jean Hailes

Menopause that happens earlier than the expected age of around 50 years are called premature and early menopause. This may be due to primary ovarian insufficiency where the periods spontaneously stop, as a result of chemotherapy treatment for cancer or s

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Healthy living [CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH] | Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes for Women's Health provides trustworthy, evidence-based information on physical and emotional wellbeing to women and health professionals including issues such as ageing well, bone health, early/premature menopause, managing menopause and polycystic ovary/ovarian syndrome.

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Breast cancer and early menopause - a guide for younger women | Cancer Australia

This booklet is for younger women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer who may be at risk of early menopause

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Breast cancer and menopause | Cancer Australia

Treatments for breast cancer can affect the age of menopause and can influence the available options for managing menopausal symptoms.

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Menopause Jean Hailes

Menopause is defined as the final menstrual period. It occurs when there has been a change in a woman’s reproductive hormones and the ovaries no longer release any eggs

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Menopause-Better Health Channel

Menopause is a Natural occurrence and marks the end of a women's reproductive years.

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About menopause fact sheet | Women's Health Queensland Wide

Each woman's experience of menopause is unique and most women will experience some type of symptom in addition to the ending of their menstrual period. This fact sheet explains menopause and offers some helpful coping strategies for women.

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Menopause and breast cancer information video | myVMC

Hormone therapy (HRT) with oestrogens and progesterones treats menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, but may increase breast cancer risk.

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Sex After Menopause | myVMC

Changes in sexual feelingsduring and after menopause are caused byhormonal and psychosocial changes, and can be permanent.

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Husband's Guide to Great Sex After Menopause | myVMC

Menopause is a time when women experience considerable hormonal changes which result in symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and sexual problems. While these symptoms are natural, they can cause significant distress for menopausal women and their partners, and can disrupt the couple's sex life.

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