5 reasons menopause may come early
Menopause arrives early for some women. Here are some common reasons why
A woman who has had her ovaries removed, either independently or as part of a total hysterectomy, experiences immediate menopause. Other types of abdominal surgery can interrupt the flow of blood to the ovaries, causing follicles to die.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
This medical condition interferes with ovulation, causing inflammation and scarring that damages and destroys follicles.
These include insulin-dependent diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy often trigger early menopause. Women taking tamoxifen to reduce their risk of breast cancer may also enter menopause early.