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A 40-year-old female asked:

what are the signs of menopause? how old should you be to be menopausal? early menopause starts at what age?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Menopause starts : 1 year after last period. When perimenopausal (time leading up to menopause) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking in middle of night sweating heavily; lack of concentration, vaginal dryness; fatigue, hair loss, dizziness, brittle nails, wt gain, bloating, breast pain, headaches, itchy skin, ^ abdominal fat, incontinence, irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings. Ave age=51.
Dr. Kevin thomas Abraham
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Menopausal Symptoms: Median age for normal menopause is 52 years of age, but ranges from 47 to 54. Symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, dry skin, mood changes, loss of libido amongst others. Premature menopause occurs at any age less than 40.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Early menopause 34yrs, what will happen ?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Many things: Early menopause can cause many things to happen. You may feel the effects of low or no estrogen. This can be hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes, sleep issues, sexual issues such as desire and vaginal dryness and you will have some long term effects such as thinning of bones and other long term issues. Discuss at length with your pcp/gyn.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Have no desire for intercourse for time so will I have early menopause?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Not connected: If you want to have intercourse consider seeing your doctor for an evaluation. If there is nothing wrong, i recommend seeing a therapist or counselor who specializes in sexual problems, especially low desire.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How does early menopause affect sexual behaviors?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: Many time the symptoms of menopause have a significant effect on sexual behaviors. Mostly less sexual interest.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of early menopause?

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Same as regular: Occurring before the age of 40, the cessation of menses for at least one year is considered premature ovarian insufficiency (failure sounds so judgey!). Symptoms may include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, loss of libido, mood changes, weight gain. If you are much younger than the average age of 52 at menopause, definitely see your doc to make of sure what is going on.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could early menopause be dangerous at all?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Early menopause can be associated with many health concerns such as osteoporosis, heart disease, weight gain, depression, and possibly even dementia. If you are a good candidate for hormone replacement, you should consider hormone replacement to help prevent these problems.

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