Early menopause is becoming a more familiar term, with more women researching the condition online. Around five per cent of women are expected to be affected by early menopause. So it is understandable that women in their 30s and 40s are becoming increasingly concerned.
If your family is complete, or you have no desire to have children, then premature menopause could be seen as just an inconvenience. But for many women it can present a very real threat to their dreams for the future.
So, what are the warning signs of early menopause, and who is most at risk?
Causes of early menopause
Unfortunately, in 90 per cent of women who experience early menopause, no underlying cause is found. Medical professionals suspect that the condition is inherited. If you are worried, then it might be worth finding out when your mother went through it. If she was in her fifties, chances are you will be too.
There are some things, however that have been found to speed up the onset of menopause:
- Chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- Reproductive surgery, such as hysterectomy
- Diabetes, thyroid problems or other autoimmune conditions
- Some infections, such as tuberculosis (TB) or mumps
Symptoms of early menopause
If it is hereditary, there is a chance that you will go through the menopause early. But you might not have experienced any changes to your menstrual cycle yet.
Here are some other warning signs to watch out for:
- Mood swings
- Hot flushes
- Low libido
- Urinary tract infections
- Night sweats
What to do if you are concerned
The first thing to do is to keep track of your symptoms. Book an appointment with your GP or gynaecologist, who will perform a blood test to check your hormone levels.
Here at Surescan we offer a menopause health check once a year for all peri- and postmenopausal women. The check includes a thorough consultation with a gynaecologist, to discuss any concerns you may have, as well as a full health check.
If you are concerned about your ability to start a family, we offer a fertility health check. We can check your ovarian stores and discuss the possibility of egg freezing. This will of course depend on how far into the menopause process you are.
As a dedicated women’s health clinic, the team at Surescan is here to offer advice and support on any aspect of female health. From fertility problems to pregnancy to menopause, and everything in between.
If there is anything about your health that is worrying you and you would like to discuss it in confidence with a medical professional, please don’t hesitate to contact us or call 0121 308 7774 to arrange an appointment.