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Premature menopause: symptoms & therapy

by Josephine Andrews
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Premature menopause occurs when the ovaries stop working before the age of 40. About one percent of all women are affected. There are many reasons for premature menopause. Sometimes there are genetic causes behind it, or another disease is the trigger. Read everything you need to know about premature menopause here!

Premature menopause: symptoms

Premature menopause is accompanied by the permanent absence of menstrual bleeding (amenorrhea). Accompanying symptoms can occur, as they also otherwise occur during menopause . These include, for example, hot flashes, sweating, mood swings, sleep disorders and vaginal dryness. If left untreated, other consequences of estrogen deficiency become noticeable over time, such as dry skin and osteoporosis.

Premature menopause: definition

But when does one speak of premature menopause? Doctors speak of premature menopause when the function of the ovaries ceases before the age of 40. The affected women therefore have their last menstrual period (menopause) much earlier than usual: Menopause usually occurs around the age of 50.

The technical term for premature menopause is Climacterium (menopause) praecox. Strictly speaking, the term “premature menopause” is not quite correct: “real” menopause occurs when the ovarian function is exhausted. In the case of premature menopause, on the other hand, the termination of the ovarian function has completely different causes. The correct term for premature menopause would therefore be premature primary ovarian failure (POF).

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