How Do I Know If I Am Going through Early Menopause?
Induced by medical procedures or natural causes, early menopause is a reality that many women must face. Besides embarrassing hot flashes, chronic fatigue and erratic mood swings early menopause also causes the ovaries to shut down prematurely. Read on to find about how to detect the symptoms of early menopause.
Symptoms of early menopause are often similar to those of women experiencing natural menopause. Menopausal symptoms are often more severe in women experiencing early menopause compared with those that experience menopause at a more natural age.
Symptoms of early menopause include:
. Hot flashes
. Irregular or missed periods
. Thinning of the vaginal wall
. Dry skin, eyes or mouth
. Decreased libido
. Crawling or itching sensations under the skin
For women under the age of 40 in addition to the above symptoms, consult your doctor if you´re also experiencing the following;
. Familial history or hypothyroidism, Graves´disease or lupus
. Undergone radiation or chemotherapy
. Mother or sister experienced early menopause
. You have unsuccessfully tried to get pregnant for over a year
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 contributed to infrequent periods.
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 which measures estrogen can indicate if your ovaries are starting to fail. Estradiol levels below 36, may signal that you´re in menopause.
The most important test used to diagnose early menopause is a blood test measuring 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 the long-term health risks such as osteoporosis, 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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