Early Menopause Symptoms

Premature Menopause Symptoms - What are the early signs?



Premature menopause or early menopause symptoms will occur if menopause happens before a woman reaches 40. The average normal age for menopause is 51 years old, this is the average age at which menstruation stops. If menopause (ie. you haven't had a period for 12 months) happens significantly earlier than this it's known as early menopause or premature menopause.

Whether your early menopause symptoms are natural or induced or because of illness, they will be pretty much the same menopausal symptoms as those who are in normal natural menopause.

Physical Symptoms Premature Menopause


  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Periods that are heavier or lighter than usual
  • Hot flashes (a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads over the upper body)
  • Vaginal dryness (the vagina may also become thinner and less flexible)
  • Bladder irritability and worsening of loss of bladder control (incontinence)
  • Emotional changes (irritability, mood swings, mild depression)
  • Skin changes - Dry skin, eyes or mouth
  • sleep disturbances
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Increase in facial hair
  • Hair loss and thinning (hair migrates from your head to face)
  • Bloating - gastric disturbances
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Tingling skin
  • Buzzing in your head
  • Weight gain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lightheadednes

Emotional Signs that may indicate Premature Menopause (Keep in mind that many of these can be attributed to other health problems)

  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Lowered Libido
  • Anxiety
  • "Brain Fog" -- difficulty concentrating, confusion
  • Memory Lapses
  • Extreme Fatigue/Low Energy Levels
  • Confusion/Lack of Concentration
  • Feeling Emotionally Detached

Early Onset Menopause Causes

Reasons vary for the for early signs of menopause : natural early menopause; premature ovarian failure; surgery such as hysterectomy and oophorectomy; ovarian damage, cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation; autoimmune disorders such as Graves Disease, lupus or hypothyroidism.

Diagnosing Early Menopause

By measuring Folicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), your doctor will be able to tell if your ovaries are producing estrogen. When production of estrogen by your ovaries slows down, your levels of FSH increase. When your FSH levels rise above 30 or 40 mIU/mL, it usually indicates that you are in menopause.

It's important to rule out other factors which may be causing your early menopause signs if you have no obvious reason for it. These could be pregnancy or thyroid disease. Your doctor will also give you a general physical examination.

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