How do other illnesses cause early menopause?

Some illnesses can either cause early menopause or increase your risk for reaching menopause prematurely. Women with myasthenia gravis have antibodies that attack parts of the nervous system, leading to weakness. When these antibodies attack the ovaries, the resultant damage can lead to ovarian failure and early menopause. Women with Turner's syndrome have one X chromosome per cell as opposed to two. Their ovaries have fewer eggs than those of healthy women and so they, too, tend to stop producing eggs prematurely.

Treating certain illnesses can bring on premature menopause, as well. Chemotherapy is a major cause of premature menopause, for example.

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