Risk Factors for Premature Menopause
Menopause is a natural process, which usually occurs around the age of 50. However, if the normal menstrual cycle is interrupted prior to age 40, it is thought to be abnormal and is referred to as premature menopause.
Risk factors for premature menopause include:
- Family history of premature menopause
- Surgical removal of the ovaries
- Medications that reduce estrogen levels
- Autoimmune diseases
- Medical treatments (pelvic surgery, surgical removal of ovaries, chemotherapy, or pelvic radiation therapy)
North American Menopause Societywebsite. Available at: http://www.menopause.org/default.htm . Accessed February 15, 2006.
Last reviewed February 2007 by Jeff Andrews, MD
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