by Scholten A

Risk Factors for Premature Menopause

A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
Menopause is a natural process, which usually occurs around the age of 50. However, if the normal menstrual cycle is interrupted prior to age 40, it is thought to be abnormal and is referred to as premature menopause.
Risk factors for premature menopause include:
  • Family history of premature menopause
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Medications that reduce estrogen levels
  • Smoking
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Medical treatments (pelvic surgery, chemotherapy, or pelvic radiation therapy)

References

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq047.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130514T1031516698 . Accessed November 2009.

North American Menopause Society website. Available at: http://www.menopause.org . Accessed February 15, 2006.

Revision Information

Health Library Search

Only show results from the selected categories.











1 Treatments for Menopause condition indepth
3 Symptoms of Menopause condition indepth
4 Screening for Menopause condition indepth
9 Medications for Menopause condition indepth
11 Conditions InDepth: Menopause condition indepth
12 Diagnosis of Menopause condition indepth
13 Menopause condition

Menopause is the time when a woman's menstrual period ends. Menopause is considered complete when a woman has been without her period for one year. Menopause can occur an...

Postmenopausal bleeding (PMB) is bleeding from the vagina that happens after a woman has stopped having regular menstrual periods due to menopause. Any vaginal bleeding t...