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We all have secretly wished for our periods to end early at least once in our lives. While it may probably be out of pain and frustration, don’t you think it isn’t possible. Premature menopause is a real thing! - Nikita Arya
It may sound fun to have a pause to the gut-wrenching pain and all the discomfort, but believe us, it’s not! Premature menopause is not what you think; it comes with a lot more discomforting situations than menstruation itself. Want to know more about it? Here’s the breakdown.
Generally, a woman gets her menopause at the ages of 45 to 55. But when you stop menstruating before the age of 40, then it’s highly likely that you have got premature menopause. Some of its symptoms are irregular periods, cognitive changes related to memory, weight gain, mood swings, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, low sex drive, night sweats, and painful intercourse.
Even though its symptoms are similar to normal menopause, what’s concerning is that you may never be able to conceive, that too at a young age.
One of the major causes of premature menopause is premature ovarian failure, a situation where your ovaries do not function well before you reach 40. While premature ovarian failure is generally associated with the onset of this problem, it is not the only cause. Several other factors are associated with its occurrence. You could still be on the radar even if you have normal ovaries.
It’s in Your Gene: Most women who report premature menopause have it genetically in their bodies.
You have an Unhealthy Lifestyle: Lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise and, lack of sunlight may result in hormonal changes and hence may cause premature menopause.
You Have Some Chromosomal Defect: Chromosomal defects such as Turner syndrome may affect ovaries function, which causes women to develop premature menopause.
You Are Prone to an Autoimmune Disease: If you are prone to any autoimmune disease such as thyroid and rheumatoid arthritis, you might get premature menopause. These diseases can cause inflammation, which may affect your ovaries.
1. Reduce alcohol consumption as much as you can.
2. Eat more protein-rich food to avoid early onset.
3. Expose yourself to sunlight more often. It gives you natural vitamin D, which helps delay menopause.
4. Do exercise regularly to help reduce the symptoms of menopause like weight gain, weak joints, stress, and mood swings.
5. Take herbs or natural supplements such as Black Cohosh, Phytoestrogen, and probiotics that help in delaying menopause.
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