A medical expert’s response to a woman experiencing menopause at age 36
Q&A: I am only 36 years and I am prematurely experiencing menopause, what do I need to know or do?
“If you are dealing with menopause at that age, then you are dealing with Perimenopause”.
Perimenopause literally means “around menopause”, it is a gradual transition between the reproductive years and menopause. Menopause is cessation of menstrual periods.
Perimenopause is generally a transition that is many years long and may be characterized by shorter menstrual intervals, irregular menses, night sweats and may include other symptoms. In some women, these symptoms are troublesome enough to need medical intervention.
Women who experience premature menopause at age 40 or even younger may be experiencing perimenopause but with exception to medically induced cases. Women experiencing perimenopause may have the same symptoms as women with natural menopause, including hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness.
On the contrary, women who experience natural or medically induced premature menopause spend more years without the benefits of estrogen and are at greater risk for some health problems later in life compared to women who reach menopause at the typical age. Problems may include osteoporosis and heart disease. Heart disease ranks as one of the major causes of death in women.
Estrogen provides protection against diseases like heart and blood vessels.
What to do
See your gynecologists, you may need a complete evaluation to diagnose the reason for your menopause — it could be an underlying condition that needs treatment.