Are you concerned you might be going through? Have you been experiencing changes in your health that seem related to ? You’re not alone. About 5% of women globally go through .
We understand how the physical changes can be difficult for you to come to terms with – you didn’t expect them for years yet. But the psychological effects of early-onsetcan also be scary – especially if you were hoping to get pregnant naturally.
However, don’t despair straight away. Help is available.
For example, it’s possible to minimize the side effects of earlywith and some lifestyle adjustments.
So, our goal with this article is to share everything you need to know, including causes, symptoms, treatments, and how you can live with it well. Let’s start by understanding what earlyis.
What areand ?
Menopause itself is natural. It marks the end of your menstrual cycle and fertility, usually between the ages of 47 and 53. The precise moment of is when you haven’t had a period in 12 months, meaning your ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and your and production stops.
However, for a few women, the last period arrives as early as their twenties or teen years. One in every 100 women under theof 40 goes through premature . If your period stops before 45, doctors name it early . The only difference between the two definitions is when they happen.
If this has happened to you, your doctor may have used the technical term for premature: (POI). But in both cases – premature and early – ovaries stop producing hormones vital for your overall wellbeing and reproduction.
This results in an interruption of your periods at a much youngerthan the average 51 and can lead to the hormone rollercoaster that’s caused you to read this article.
What Are the?
Suppose you’re under 45 and your period has become irregular, infrequent, or suddenly stopped without apparent reason (e.g., pregnancy). In that case, you should talk to your doctor, as this irregularity can be the first sign of early perimenopause period:. Other common symptoms include those of the regular
- hot flushes
- heavy bleeding
- long-lasting periods
- night sweats
- and discomfort during sexual intercourse
- difficulty concentrating
- memory problems
- urinary incontinence
- urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- painful or stiff joints
In addition to these symptoms and the possibility of not being able to conceive naturally at a younger, be aware you may also have a higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease due to those lower levels we mentioned. Your medical provider will be happy to discuss this with you and reassure you about ways to prevent this.
The reasons why ovaries suddenly stop functioning naturally is often a mystery, even for doctors and researchers. But some of the most commonly identified causes include:
Theyou go through is usually down to your genes! So, if your mom, grandma, or sister went through early , there’s a possibility you’ll also have this condition.
Chromosomal abnormalities can also cause ovarian failure and early. For example, you may be part of the risk group if you have Turner syndrome (monosomy X).
Inflammation caused by some, such as thyroid issues, type 1 diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis, may also affect ovaries, causing early .
Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, can also cause ovarian failure depending on the drugs used, the radiotherapy location in your body, and your.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, smoking can also trigger early , as nicotine is directly related to the rate of loss of your eggs.
A gynecologist will make your diagnosis of early based on your symptoms, health conditions, blood tests to measure , and family history. Once diagnosed, you can discuss with your doctor the appropriate treatment to best live with early .
At Nava Health we specialize in functional medicine principles when diagnosing, so rest assured we’ll look at all aspects closely with you.
Treatment for early is essential not only to help you cope with the symptoms and have a better quality of life but also to avoid developing other health conditions, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. The primary treatment may involve some form of ( ) for severe symptoms – usually, until you reach at least the average of regular , in your early 50s. But there are many other ways to relieve individual symptoms – including lifestyle changes – that your doctor may advise.
Is it Possible to?
Unfortunately, there’s currently no treatment to, but with the proper medication and lifestyle changes, it’s possible to manage symptoms.
One of your main concerns about earlycould be your inability to get naturally pregnant. For some women, however, the ovarian function doesn’t completely fail, meaning they can occasionally have a period, ovulation, or in sporadic cases, a pregnancy after diagnosis.
Because of this fluctuation in ovarian function, 5-10% of women withcan still get pregnant. For the others, egg donation and IVF may be the best option. There are online support groups to share experiences and advice.
We’re committed to promoting your wellness and overall health at any. We understand it’s no fun worrying about in your 40s or earlier, so we’ll investigate your condition, get to the root cause, and provide personalized treatment to help you live well despite any diagnosis.
Call us today to get started, restore your confidence, and get back to feeling your best.