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Early menopause

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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:

Often the cause of early menopause is unknown.

Symptoms of early menopause are similar to those of women who have menopause aged in their 50s, 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: May 2018

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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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Premature and early menopause - Better Health Channel

The symptoms of premature or early menopause are the same as for menopause at any age.

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Menopause Management - Australasian Menopause Society

Menopause management using Australasian Menopause Society Information Sheets organised for ease of reference Menopause Basics, Menopause Treatment Options, Early Menopause, Risks and Benefits, Uro-genital, Bones, Sex and Psychological, Alternative Therapies, Contraception

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Studies Recruiting - Australasian Menopause Society

The Australasian Menopause Society is at the forefront of new directions in women's health and aims to bring accurate, evidence-based information to health professionals and the community

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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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Spontaneous Premature Ovarian Insufficiency - Australasian Menopause Society

Spontaneous Premature Ovarian Insufficiency is menopause occurring spontaneously in women younger than 40 years of age and affects approximately 1% of women. This was previously referred to as premature ovarian failure

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Early Menopause due to Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy - Australasian Menopause Society

Chemotherapy is usually administered as part of cancer treatment but chemotherapy may also be given to women with severe connective tissue disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus or kidney disease such as Wegeners granulomatosis. Total body radiotherapy is used in the treatment of lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation and abdominal pelvic radiotherapy is used in the treatment of gynaecological cancer.

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Perimenopause or Menopausal Transition - Australasian Menopause Society

As defined by the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop (STRAW) criteria the terms perimenopause or menopausal transition cover the transition from the reproductive age through to menopause. The menopausal transition and perimenopause are inter-changeable terms.

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Menopause -

Menopause means the end of a woman's periods. Most women experience menopause symptoms and changes to their body at this time. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most widely used treatment for menopausal symptoms.

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What is menopause? - Australasian Menopause Society

The menopause is sometimes called 'the change of life' as it marks the end of a woman's reproductive life.

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