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Early Menopause August 19, 2009

Posted by feminestra in Early Menopause, Feminestra, Natural Menopause Relief.
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The average woman in the U.S. enters menopause around the age of 50. However, some women start menopause early before the age of 40. This is referred to as premature menopause and it can cause a number of physical and emotional problems. Early menopause can be caused by a number of things including genetics, illness, or medical procedures. Unfortunately, premature menopause cannot be reversed, but there are both natural and developed medications that will help with the sometimes unbearable symptoms of menopause.

The symptoms of early menopause are usually the same as those of natural menopause. They include irregular or missed periods, hot flashes, loss of bladder control, dry skin, vaginal dryness, emotional changes, decreased sex drive, and sleeplessness. In addition to those symptoms, women under the age of 40 and who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation, have unsuccessfully tried to become pregnant for more than a year, have a disorder such as hypothyroidism, lupus, or Graves’ disease should contact a doctor to see if they may be going through early menopause. The doctor will first rule out pregnancy and other conditions by drawing blood and performing a physical exam. They may also perform a test to measure estradiol levels. Estradiol is a form of estrogen, and low levels of this can indicate that the ovaries are starting to fail. Another test that the doctor will perform is a blood test that will measure the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This causes the ovaries to produce estrogen and FSH levels rise when the ovaries slow their production of estrogen.

Many women who are going through early menopause worry about what types of health issues they may experience. These are no different than women going through normal menopause. The lowered levels of estrogen increase the risk for conditions like osteoporosis, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cataract formation. The major difference between women undergoing premature menopause and those who are not is that the extended period of time that these women spend without the protective benefits of estrogen places them at a greater risk for those menopause related conditions.

Premature menopause is treated similar to regular menopause, however women dealing with infertility may want to discuss their options with a doctor and seek some therapy for the emotional effects. There are several options when treating the symptoms of menopause, but the two broad categories are hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and natural methods. HRT is a modern method with great success, but has recently been linked to a number of health problems. Many women turn to an all natural products such as Feminestra to relieve their menopausal symptoms.

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