What Causes Some Women To Go Through Menopause Early? 7 Common Factors That Can Be Changed
Most women go through menopause between age 45 and 50. However, some women enter menopause much earlier. If a woman ceases to menstruate before age 40, it’s considered an early (or premature) menopause.
Early menopause can occur for many reasons. It can be caused by medical conditions, including certain autoimmune diseases, and by treatments, including surgery to remove the ovaries, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Some things a woman does may also increase her risk of early menopause. Below, we list several factors that can contribute to early-onset menopause.
Factors that make you more likely to go through menopause early
Smoking causes damage throughout your body, and the ovaries aren’t an exception. The longer and the more you smoke, the higher is your risk of early menopause, studies show. Also, smoking is a known risk factor for cancers of the reproductive system.
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2. Being underweight
We often talk about the health risks of being overweight, but low body weight can also be damaging to your health. Underweight women are at a higher risk of heart disease, iron deficiency anemia, and a weaker immunity. They are also more likely to go through menopause early, and they lose bone mass at a higher rate than those with a normal weight.
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3. Anxiety and chronic stress
Being stressed all the time affects every system in your body. Chronic stress is one of the factors that can shut down your ovaries, according to studies.
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4. Intense physical activity
Being active is good for you – there’s no arguing with that. But it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Intense exercise is a form of physical stress, and it’s one of the factors that can contribute to premature menopause.
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5. Lack of physical activity
Getting too little exercise and moving too little in general can also cause your ovaries to wilt earlier.
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6. Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency can cause a variety of issues throughout your body. You probably know that it can weaken your bones, and it can also contribute to premature menopause, among other things.
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7. Never been pregnant
Studies show that women who have never been pregnant are more likely to go through menopause early.
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Although some factors that can contribute to early menopause can’t be modified, you can change the ones listed above to reduce the risk of entering menopause early.
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