Early Menopause And Life Expectancy

What are early menopause symptoms? How about its treatment? Is there a link between early menopause and life expectancy? That, I’m going to talk about shortly. But before discussing the linkage, I’ll explain what menopause means, the average age of normal menopause and what constitutes early menopause.




The meanings of menopause and early menopause

What are the symptoms of early menopause?

The link between early menopause and life expectancy.

Does early menopause cause spotting?

Premature menopause in 30s and 20s.

Can hysterectomy cause early menopause?

Will endometrial ablation cause early menopause?

Will tubal ligation cause early menopause?

Treatment for premature menopause.


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The meanings of menopause and early menopause

It is said that menopause has commenced if a woman hasn’t seen her period for at least 1 year. Normal menopause occurs between the ages of 45 to 55. Most women go into menopause at about age 51. Therefore early menopause can be defined as menopause happening before age 45.


Early menopause can be caused by family history of early menopause, certain surgeries performed on a woman, smoking, certain health conditions and even infrequent sex.

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There is also premature menopause, which happens even earlier. Premature menopause happens before age 40. Premature menopause is not the concern of this present peace of writing. I’m just mentioning it (or rather defining it) in passing.


Please note that some women with premature menopause can still get pregnant without any treatment.

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What are the symptoms of early menopause

Some of the more common symptoms are: low mood, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, hot flushes, night sweats and a reduced sex drive. Some other symptoms include a loss of bone density and an increased risk of heart disease.


Of course, not all women experiencing early menopause have these symptoms. Also, some women experiencing early menopause may have symptoms other than those mentioned here.


The link between early menopause and life expectancy.

Is there a relationship between early menopause and life expectancy? I have earlier defined menopause,  so for those the purpose of someone that does not know, life expectancy simply means how long a person is expected to live.


Scientific research has shown that there is a relationship between early menopause and life expectancy. It was found that early menopause is associated with a shorter life span. Better put, women who experienced early menopause lived shorter lives than women who experienced normal or late menopause.


I know this is scary. But it doesn’t mean that early menopause is a death sentence. Far from it. To put it in better perspective; a study of early menopause and life expectancy showed that on the average, women who experienced late menopause lived 3.5 years longer than those with early menopause.


Now, the same study regarding early menopause and life expectancy found out that on the average, women with normal menopause lived 3.1 years longer than women with early menopause.


To calm your nerves, in case you’re experiencing early menopause, let me explain that there are of course women having early menopause that out live those with late menopause. Yet the research only means that if the average life span of a women with a normal menopause is say 94 years, women with early menopause’s average life span will be 90.9 years.


Does early menopause cause spotting?how long does a period last

The hormonal changes that occur towards the onset of early menopause can cause irregular and heavy bleeding. In some cases, they can cause bleeding after sex. So, can early menopause cause spotting? Well, considering that it could cause bleeding after sex, we could argue that it can cause spotting. That is if the bleeding after sex is what you regard as spotting.


Please note that women taking hormone therapy before and during menopause may also experience spotting or abnormal bleeding if their medication is not well regulated. In this case, did early menopause case spotting? No, it didn’t. Rather it was the hormone therapy that caused spotting, not early menopause.


So what are the remedies or treatments for spotting and abnormal bleeding resulting from early menopause? Treatment for spotting and abnormal bleeding associated with early menopause will depend on the exact cause. But common treatments include medication to regulate hormone levels or surgery to remove polyps or endometrial lining.


Premature menopause in 30s and 20s.

I will delve again into premature menopause. Just as i mentioned earlier, when menopause happens to women under 40 it’s premature menopause. In the same vein, when it happens to women or ladies in their 30s and 20s it’s also called premature menopause. Premature menopause means that a woman’s ovaries have stopped working before the age of 40 years.


Though premature menopause in 30s and 20s is very rare, as in, extremely rare, research shows that about 1 in 1000 women experience it before the age of 30. I know this is scary, but common, 1 in 1000 is a rarity.


Lets have a look at the causes of premature menopause:

  • Unknown causes: The causes are said to be unknown when medical practitioners conduct tests but cannot trace the root of the problem. In 60% of premature menopause in 30s and 20s, the cause can’t be found. This kind of case is called idiopathic premature menopause.


  • About 10 to 30 per cent of women experiencing premature menopause in 30s and 20s have an autoimmune disease. One has an autoimmune disease if her immune system attacks her body. The normal function of an immune system is to attack germs and bacteria.


  • Genetic conditions – about 5 to 30 per cent of women with premature menopause in 30s and 20s have a female relative who have same experience, which suggests a genetic link. In this case, premature menopause can be said to have been inherited.


Will hysterectomy cause early menopause?CONCEIVING AFTER MYOMECTOMY

Hysterectomy involves removing parts of the womb or the entire womb through surgery. Hysterectomy is a common treatment for many conditions, including fibroids and excessive bleeding. Studies have shown that there is a link between hysterectomy and early menopause.


So, will hysterectomy cause early menopause? Yes. Hysterectomy increases the risk of early menopause.


In fact, Duke University researchers reported that younger women who undergo hysterectomies face a nearly two-fold increased risk for developing early menopause.


The researchers discovered that 14.8 percent of women who had hysterectomies experienced early menopause over the course of the study, compared to 8 percent of women who had no hysterectomy.


The risk for early menopause was highest among women who had one ovary removed along with their womb, but it remained elevated even when both ovaries were not removed.


Will endometrial ablation cause early menopause?

Endometrial ablation is an alternative to hysterectomy for the treatment of extremely heavy or prolonged menstrual periods in women who wish to keep their womb or avoid major surgery.


Unlike hysterectomy which surgically removes the womb or parts of the womb, endometrial ablation only removes the inner lining of the womb.


Will endometrial ablation cause early menopause, being that instead of removing the whole uterus, only the inner lining is gone?


In most cases, endometrial ablation stops you from having menstrual periods. If endometrial ablation didn’t completely stop your periods, the flow should return to normal or be very light.


Will tubal ligation cause early menopause?

Tubal ligation is commonly described as “getting your tube tied” or “tying your tube”. Will tubal ligation cause early menopause? Firstly, people do tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy but it doesn’t change your periods.


Tubal ligation is a very effective way of preventing pregnancy in that only 1 in 200 women that do tubal ligation will get pregnant. That is less than 1%, in fact that is 0.5%.


So, will tubal ligation cause early menopause? The answer is not really. So long as your ovaries are in place, tubal ligation will not cause early menopause.


The idea is that once your ovaries are in place, they’ll continue to produce hormones. To answer the question: will tubal ligation cause early menopause? I will say, tubal ligation does not alter your ovaries and therefore will not bring about early menopause.


Tubal ligation could result in:

The risk of bowel, bladder or major blood vessels being damaged.

Reaction to anesthesia.

Wound not healing properly or getting infected.

Pelvic or abdominal pain.

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Treatment for premature menopause

Some common treatments for early or premature menopause include:

  • Hormone-replacement therapy: Some of the reproductive hormones your body can no longer make on its own can be replaced. This is an effective treatment for premature menopause


  • Supplemental calcium and vitamin D

Talking about treatment for premature menopause, women between the ages of 19 to 50 should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. Women over age 51 should get 1,200 milligrams per day.

A recommended daily amount of vitamin D is around 600-800 (international units) IU per day.


  • IVF: Women who become infertile after early or premature menopause can have children through IVF using donor eggs or pursuing adoption. While this is not a treatment for premature menopause, it’s a way to get pregnant in spite of it.


  • Talk therapy

Talking to a therapist could be really helpful to cope with infertility related stress. Talk therapy may or may not be a treatment for premature menopause. By this, i mean that some people experiencing premature menopause may actually get their periods back after sessions of talk therapy or even prayers. Others may just feel emotionally better through talk therapy without their menstrual period returning.


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  1. I would probably try to rephrase the reassuring paragraph for women in early menopause, because people with AIDS, Diabetes, and Down’s Syndrome can outlive a woman who went through late menopause too. I would probably try to emphasize what are the odds of them a living as long or longer based on lifestyle. Also, when the second part that says if the average lives women 94 years, the women with early menopause will average 90.9 years, I’m not understanding how that makes it sound better. It’s still saying they will die sooner on average. Not to mention if it’s the same percentage with 3.1 years less at the current average of 78, the gap at 94 would actually be close to 3.73 years. I’m not trying to be critical, I was just trying to give some advice, but I also could be wrong.


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