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How Early Can Menopause Begin?

How Early Can Menopause Begin?
May 16
09:47 2017

How Early Can Menopause Begin?

Menopause is a physical change that every woman will undergo at some stage in her life. Understanding menopause can be very helpful in helping a woman deal with it when it comes.

The Mayo Clinic defines menopause as:

“Menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.”

“Menopause is a natural biological process. Although it also ends fertility, you can stay healthy, vital and sexual. Some women feel relieved because they no longer need to worry about pregnancy.”

Yes, some women may look forward to menopause and no longer having menstrual cycles or worry about pregnancy, but others dread it. They dread the hot flashes and mood swings they hear so much about.

MedicineNet.com says that menopause can occur in a woman’s 30s. Sometimes a woman will undergo a false menopause and may not be safe from getting pregnant. My mother-in-law was 45-years-old when she was told by her doctor that she had undergone menopause. Three years later, at the age of 48, she found herself pregnant. It was a traumatic time for her as she worked in a major bank in New York City and her oldest daughter was also pregnant. No one, not even her doctor, believed she was pregnant until she forced the doctor to run a test. She didn’t want to take any of the attention away from her first grandchild. She ended up delivering a baby girl only 5 weeks before her daughter delivered a baby boy. That baby girl, who arrived on the 23rd birthday of the oldest daughter, has been my wife for nearly 46 years. It’s kind of different for my wife’s sister and brother being parent age and her parents were more like grandparent age and it’s also different for her to have a nephew that is only 5 weeks younger than she is.

An acquaintance of ours entered into menopause in her late 30s and by the time she turned 40, she had passed through this natural cycle of life and was no longer able to have children. The early onset of menopause was devastating to her as she had young children at home who didn’t understand what their mom was going through. Neither she or her husband were prepared for it either and for over a year, it put a strain on their marriage. Only when she saw her doctor who confirmed that she was undergoing menopause did she and her husband understand what was happening and helped them get through that rough time in both of their lives.

There is no test to determine when a woman may enter menopause. It’s usually a gradually process and may last for several months or several years. It’s characterized by irregular vaginal bleeding or a steady decrease of bleeding, hot flashes, mood changes, fatigue, stress, vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, urinary issues and depression. Some women can develop osteoporosis and heart disease as a result of menopause, which is why it’s important to check with your doctor if you suspect you have entered into menopause.

As you turn 40, it would be wise to learn about menopause and what to expect. The more you know beforehand, the better you’ll be able to cope with the symptoms. That knowledge could well help save your marriage and sanity.

 

 

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