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How common is menopause at 42?

Written by James Williams - January 17, 2023

Menopause at age 42 is not as uncommon as you may think. It is estimated that 1 in 1000 women will go through menopause before they turn 40, and 10 in 1000 before age 45. This means that menopause at 42 happens to some degree, but still has a lower prevalence than menopause at later ages.

The most common cause of early menopausal onset is genetics; the majority of women who enter menopause before 40 have a family history of premature ovarian failure (POF). Women with POF often experience anxiety and other psychological symptoms related to the hormonal changes associated with menopause.

Women can also enter menopause early without experiencing POF; this could be due to health conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases, radiation, chemotherapy or physical trauma to the ovaries. Other possible causes include lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet and inadequate exercise.

Early onset of menopause can be accompanied by various symptoms:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods, heavier than usual bleeding or stopping periods altogether
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Difficulty sleeping

A visit to the doctor can help diagnose menopausal symptoms and recommend treatment options according to your medical history. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is commonly prescribed for women going through early menopause, as it can help treat many of these uncomfortable symptoms while helping reduce long-term risks such as heart disease or osteoporosis. At Hormone Treatment Center hormone replacement clinic we offer personalized programs that use advanced technologies to accurately measure hormones levels and provide tailored HRT treatments plans for each individual patient's needs.

While it’s normal for some women to go through prematuare menstural changes around the age 42, a doctor should be consulted if unusual menstrual changes occur so proper assessment can rule out any underlying health issues or conditions. Menopausal women should also consider overall lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking and monitoring alcohol consumption levels, adding stress relieving activities into their routine and paying extra attention to good nutrition

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