Early menopause. Definition

Medical Definition: Early menopause

A condition in which the ovaries stop functioning and menstruation stops before 40 years of age. Usually, natural menopause occurs around age 50. It is said that a woman is in menopause when they had her menstruation for 12 consecutive months. Symptoms include hot flashes, mood changes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty concentrating and sterility. Early menopause may be an effect of some treatments for cancer, surgery to remove the ovaries and certain diseases or genetic conditions. Also called premature ovarian failure, primary ovarian failure, and premature menopause.

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