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Dr. Robert Lang
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Premature Menopause (Overview)

Premature menopause is the early failure of the ovaries to produce eggs, which causes a woman to stop having her periods before the usual age of menopause (around age 50).


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Premature menopause is what?

Premature menopause is what?

Menopause before 40: Premature menopause is defined as occurring before the age of 40. If there is another cause of stopping periods, such as illness, stress, malnutrition, etc., it is not menopause be secondary amenorrhea. Test can tell if it is menopause or another cause. ...Read more

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Premature Menopause (Overview)

Premature menopause is the early failure of the ovaries to produce eggs, which causes a woman to stop having her periods before the usual age of menopause (around age 50).


Dr. Seema Patel
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How does going through premature menopause affect you later on in life?

How does going through premature menopause  affect you later on in life?

Maybe: When women go through menopause they can have increased hot flashes, vaginal dryness so sex is painful, increased urinary frequency & infections, mood swings to depression, increased heart disease, osteopenia and muscle loss. The earlier you go through this the greater this can affect you. If you are a candidate for hrt, consider it to prevent these problems and increase your quality of life. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Managing Menopause (Checklist)

See your doctor
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Consider taking hormones
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Exercise more, including weight lifting
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Improve your diet
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What are the symptoms of premature menopause?

What are the symptoms of premature menopause?

No period: There is a blood test called fsh that can determine if you are in the menopause. Generally levels greater than 25-30 are suggestive of the menopause. Premature ovarian failure (pof) is the cessation of menses before the age of 38; and the most common cause in premature menopause. If you have pof, you should consult your gyn because it can sometimes be associated with other endocrine disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
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I was diagnosed with premature menopause when I was 17. Is there anything I can do to increase my chance of naturally conceiving?

I was diagnosed with premature menopause when I was 17. Is there anything I can do to increase my chance of naturally conceiving?

Impossible to: answer without a lot more information and data. Contact a good reproductive endocrinologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Seema Patel
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Is there a test to determine if someone is going through premature menopause or perimenopause?

Yes: Premature menopause occurs before 35 and you will have high fsh levels. If after 35, you have perimenopause. Menopause only occurs after one year of not having periods. ...Read more

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What are the tests for premature menopause?

FSH: Premature menopause, would exist in anyone felt to be menopausal below age 40. The FSH level is the single best test for this. As stated in other perimenopausal answers, though, the test is variable and can be abnormal one month, only to be perfectly normal the next. So abnormal tests are helpful and normal are not. Symptoms are very important and should be highly correlated with testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lang
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How do I know if I am I going through premature menopause?

No period by age 40: If you have not had a period for 1 year before age 40 it is considered premature menopause. There are no reliable tests to tell until the periods have stopped for quite a while. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Toaff
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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...Read more


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