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What is early menopause?

Early menopause means that your periods stop before the age of 45. To put that in context, for most people menopause happens between 45 and 55.

Early menopause can be really distressing, and so sometimes it feels easier to turn a blind eye. But being aware of what might be going on beneath the surface is such an important step to taking control of your story.

Menopause specially means when someone hasn’t had a period for more than 12 months. Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing eggs due to low oestrogen levels. But perimenopause and its associated symptoms can begin a long time before this:

- Hot flushes

- Night sweats

- Vaginal dryness

- Difficulty sleeping

- Low mood or anxiety

- Reduced sex drive

- Problems with memory and concentration

If you notice you’re having a few of these symptoms, or your periods are becoming less and less frequent, and you’re under 45, get in touch with your GP.

It’s worth tracking a few of your symptoms to see how they’re changing too. You can be treated for early menopause with the combined contraceptive pill or HRT to make up for the hormones that your body is no longer producing.