When you experience menopause symptoms before your 40th, we speak of an early c.
The early transition is something that affects about 1 in 100 women. 1 in 1000 women are confronted with the early menopause even before the age of 30.
The complaints that you experience are no different from women who enter the menopause at a later age, but because you are confronted with it at a younger age, it is often even harder to process.
Premature ovarian failure (POF) as the early menopause is also called, can arise because the ovaries no longer work because the stock of oocytes is gone, or because the oocytes are removed. However, there is no clearly identifiable cause for many women. Unfortunately, there is also little that you can do to stop the early menopause, you can not stop nature.
When you are in the menopause early, this also means that the chance that you can still have children is very small, but it is certainly not impossible. Five to ten percent of women with POF still get pregnant. If you no longer wish to conceive, it is wise to continue to use contraception.
Do you have complaints that belong to the transition? Then a GP or gynecologist can use a blood test to determine whether you are actually early in the transition. Often the menopausal complaints are similar to complaints that occur with certain diseases or stress.
Too early in the menopause from breast cancer
If a breast cancer is diagnosed with a woman, it is of course vital that it is treated as quickly as possible. There are, as many of us know, different methods to get rid of breast cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy or a surgical procedure. Chemotherapy and hormone therapy can ensure that you start your menopause early. This can be temporary but also permanent. Usually this is related to your age, with young women fertility usually comes back.
Unfortunately, we see with some older women that fertility has disappeared for life after an operation. Usually this comes as an extra drawback, since it is already difficult enough to live with breast cancer, the woman also has to accept that she would never be fertile again, and therefore never could have more children.
Infertile or not?
The time the woman is under treatment against breast cancer this is a very uncertain time. Not only because breast cancer should be combated but also because we only know for sure if the woman will ever be fertile after hormone therapy. Only then do we see that menstruation is slowly getting going again. Usually menstruation in women over 40. In some cases, with a little bit of luck, fertility returns after a severe procedure such as with breast cancer.
It can help you to go into therapy after this intense procedure if it suits you. It is not easy to just go on with your life after an operation and losing your fertility. Expressing your questions and concerns may help. In case of menopause questions or other questions you can always make an appointment with your doctor or other confidential advisers.
Are you sure that your symptoms are probably a cause of the early menopause, then hold on and make sure you are examined. Because of your age, the doctor will often not think of the early transition, but first look for the cause of your complaints elsewhere. For the psychological complaints regarding the menopause, it is also worthwhile to seek treatment from a GZ psychologist.
Am I in the menopause?
If you want to know if you are in the transition or if you are almost in the menopause phase, then do our menopause test so that you can see to what extent you are already in the transition.