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:
- autoimmune diseases, such as thyroid disease, Crohn’s disease and type 1 diabetes
- genetics conditions, such as Turner syndrome and Fragile X syndrome
- infections such as mumps
- rare metabolic disorders such as galactosaemia and aromatase deficiency.
- removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) which results in immediate menopause
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.
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Last reviewed: May 2018