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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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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for younger women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer who may be at risk of early menopause.This resource has been superseded

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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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Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT)

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), now more commonly known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), is not a quick fix for the challenge of menopause, but it can reduce troublesome symptoms.

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and menopause - Better Health Channel

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce menopausal symptoms, but the benefits and risks need to be considered carefully.

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Menopause what are the symptoms? - Australasian Menopause Society

Menopause occurs when you have not had a menstrual period for 12 months. Menopause is a natural part of life occurring at around age 51 years but can also happen for other reasons

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Menopause information | myVMC

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstrual periods. It is diagnosed after one year with no periods when the average woman is 51 years of age.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

What is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) and is it safe? - Australasian Menopause Society

What is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) and is it safe?

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Guide to living well with menopause | myVMC

Menopause is a time of significant and often unpleasant changes in a womans life. The majority of women (up to 85%) experience symptoms related to the dramatic hormonal changes of menopause.

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