Early Menopause Causes - FemHealth.net
Early Menopause Causes - FemHealth.net
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Early Menopause Causes - FemHealth.net

Rare Causes for Early Menopause

The average age at which women go through menopause is 51 years. However, about one per cent of women experience early menopause symptoms before the age of 45 years. If menopause occurs when women are still in their early 20s, 30s or early 40s, it is said to be early menopause.

What are the rare causes for Early Menopause?

Autoimmune Disorder:
The body's immune system, which normally fights off diseases, mistakenly attacks a part of its own reproductive system. This hurts the ovaries and prevents them from making female hormones (estrogen, progesterone) that regulate the reproductive system.

Chromosomal Irregularity
Some cases of early menopause are caused by defects on an X chromosome, also known as "fragile X syndrome". Women have two X chromosomes and even though only one of these chromosomes is active, a defect on either one can cause early menopause.

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Radiation Therapy and/or Chemotherapy
With the rise in cancer treatments has come a rise in early menopause due to these treatments. Unfortunately, the significant doses of radiation or chemotherapy used to kill cancer can cause ovarian damage - resulting in early menopause.
Total Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy
In this case, women experience early menopause after removal of both of the ovaries (a bilateral oophorectomy) or removal of the uterus, both fallopian tubes, and both ovaries (a total hysterectomy). Because both ovaries are removed, women's estrogen and progesterone levels drop, leading immediately to early menopause.

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Ovarian Damage Due to Other Surgical Procedures
In some cases after a hysterectomy in which one ovary is left intact, it may fail. This happens when the ovary is damaged or otherwise affected by such procedures as cyst removal. In this case, the follicles on the remaining ovary slowly die out, resulting in early menopause.

The most common early menopause symptoms:

All of theses causes lead to the loss of the ability to keep hormonal leveles balanced. The decline of estrogen results in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and causes the common early menopause symptoms. Estrogen levels will not recover after early menopause. Thereby, they can raise new health concerns or still cause early menopause symptoms. Click here to read more about early menopause symptoms.

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