Women with premature menopause are at increased risk of health problems such as early osteoporosis and heart disease. For this reason, it is advisable to take some hormone therapy until you reach the typical age of menopause (about 51 years). This could be an oral contraceptive or menopausal hormone therapy (HRT) that combines estrogen and progestogen.
Both options treat the signs of menopause and reduce the risk of early-stage osteoporosis and heart disease.
Experiencing menopause early can be upsetting and difficult. Permanent premature menopause affects the ability to naturally give birth. Some of the common problems women face are:
- Being sad about the prospect of having no children
- Fear of getting older in advance
- Problems with self-esteem
Even with premature menopause, it is still possible to have children through donated eggs from another woman using IVF. Alternatively, you can save and use your own eggs. Surrogacy and adoption may also be options.
Most importantly, support and counseling groups may be helpful. Consult your doctor for advice on your condition and access to support.
Learn more about Menopause here.