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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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Menopause - premature and early menopause | Better Health Channel

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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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Menopause - Lab Tests Online AU

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her normal menstrual periods cease and a woman's ovaries, the organs that produce eggs, stop making female hormones. Menopause occurs at an average age of about 50, but the usual range is anytime in the late 40s to the early 50s. It can occur much earlier (40 or even 35) or be delayed (55 or even later).

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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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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 - hormone replacement therapy (HRT) | Better Health Channel

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About menopause fact sheet - Women's Health Queensland Wide

Women's Health Queensland Wide Inc (Women's Health) is a not for profit health promotion, information and education service for women and health professionals throughout Queensland.

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Anxiety and menopause | Women's Health Queensland Wide

We explore why this time in a woman's life can be a trigger for anxiety.

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