Menopause is a transformative period in a woman's life, but the experience can vary significantly from person to person. While menopause typically occurs around 52, many women face a distinct challenge—premature or early menopause.
As part of World Menopause Awareness Month, we'd like to shed light on this lesser-discussed aspect of menopause, recognising the unique struggles and concerns of those who experience menopause before age 40 or between 40 and 45.
Menopause before age 40 is termed premature menopause, whilst menopause between 40 and 45 is classified as early menopause. Certain factors, such as smoking and specific medications or treatments, can trigger menopause earlier than the average age.
Early or premature menopause happens when the ovaries cease hormone production and menstrual periods stop at a younger age than usual, which can be due to natural reasons or medical interventions, such as the surgical removal of both ovaries via a hysterectomy.