In simple words, premature menopause is menopause that happens in a woman before she reaches the age of 40. However, the symptoms experienced by women who reach menopause at a younger age are similar to the symptoms of a natural menopause. Some of the most prominent symptoms that suggest you have entered menopause are vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, hot flashes, and emotional disturbance.

These symptoms can be severe in some women with early menopause. So, if you are experiencing any such symptoms, it is best to get in touch with our free womens clinic. Even though there are currently no treatments to prevent or reverse premature menopause, the health care providers at our womens clinic can help you to control the unpleasant symptoms of the condition.

The Effects of Premature Menopause

It is significant to note that the bones of women who reach menopause before the age of 40 will get weaker much quickly when compared to women with natural menopause. This in turn increases their chances of falling prey to osteoporosis and they may gradually break a bone too. The root causes of premature menopause in women are as follows.

Chromosome Defects

Defects in the chromosomes are one of the major reasons for premature menopause, but unfortunately, not many patients are aware of this. Women who have Turner’s syndrome don’t have a second X chromosome or they are born with a damaged second X chromosome. As a result, the formation of normal ovaries doesn’t happen, which in turn, results in early or premature menopause.

Autoimmune Diseases

In some cases, the autoimmune system of the body that defends us from harmful and disease-causing foreign bodies unintentionally or mistakenly attacks the reproductive system of our body. This can hurt the ovaries, which in turn prevents them from producing female hormones. This usually happens in women with rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid diseases.

Surgery to Remove the Ovaries

Surgical removal of both of ovaries, known as bilateral oophorectomy, can instantly put a woman into menopause. After this surgery, the patient will no longer experience periods and there will be a decline in the number of female hormone in her body as well. However, women who have undergone hysterectomy will not experience premature menopause, as the ovaries will still produce healthy hormones.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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