How Do I Know If I Am Going Through Early Menopause?

Early menopause is a reality that many young women must face.Induced by medical procedures or resulting from natural causes, early menopause is a reality that many young women must face. Besides embarrassing hot flashes, chronic fatigue, and erratic mood swings, early menopause also causes the ovaries to shut down prematurely.

Symptoms of early menopause are often similar to those a woman experiences through natural menopause. Menopausal symptoms are often more severe in women who are experiencing early menopause compared with those who experience menopause at an older age. Read on to find about how to detect the symptoms of early menopause.

Symptoms of Early Menopause

These are the typical symptoms of early menopause:

Irritability is one of the symptoms of menopause.•  Hot flashes
•  Irregular or missed periods
•  Irritability
•  Vaginal dryness
•  Incontinence
•  Itchy and dry skin
•  Decreased libido
•  Mood swings

The above symptoms are very common among young women; however, consult your doctor if you're also experiencing the following:

•  Hypothyroidism
•  Undergone radiation or chemotherapy
•  Fertility problems

This symptoms and issues may indicate early menopause, but they can also signify another disorder, such as polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis. If you are experiencing irregular periods alongside any of these ailments, it is best to see your doctor. He or she can perform different tests to diagnose early menopause or another condition.

Diagnosing Premature Menopause

Diagnosing early menopause after periods cease for no apparent reason often takes time to confirm, especially in younger women where early menopause is often attributed to other causes.

Diagnosing premature menopause involves a blood exam and estradiol test. After a physical exam, your doctor will draw blood to rule out any other conditions such as thyroid disease. The estradiol test, a test that measures estrogen levels, can indicate if your ovaries are starting to fail. Estradiol levels below 36 may signal that you're entering menopause.

A blood test measures levels of follicle stimulating hormone.The most important test used to diagnose early menopause is a blood test that measures levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH helps your ovaries to produce estrogen. If production of estrogen slows down in the ovaries, FSH levels increase. FSH levels above 40 mIU per mL indicate a woman is in menopause.

Deciding to seek treatment is the first step in reducing long-term health risks such as osteoporosis, which is associated with early menopause. If you have moderate to severe symptoms, talk to your doctor and make the right decision for you. Click here to read more information about treatments for early menopause.

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