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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. 

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Last reviewed: May 2018


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