Premature Menopause: What to look for While most women begin the process of menopause in their late 40s and early 50s, some experience symptoms much earlier. Premature menopause occurs before a woman is 40, with some women first experiencing symptoms in their mid-30s. Roughly 1 in 100 women will experience menopause by the age of 40. Medical treatments such as radiation therapy to treat cancer and surgery to remove the ovaries can result in premature menopause. In addition, other factors such as genetics, chromosome defects, hormonal disorders, thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases and certain lifestyle choices including smoking can bring on early menopause.
Women undergoing premature menopause typically experience the same symptoms as women going through natural menopause due to decreasing estrogen levels in the body. However, in addition to dealing with normal menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings, many women undergoing premature menopause have to deal with additional physical and emotional [...]