Can smoking bring on early menopause?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

We know you have more than enough reasons to stop smoking, but we’re going to add another to the list (and hopefully it will deter some of the younger ladies out there from starting in the first place). Smoking can cause you to go through menopause early. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, you have a 40% increase in risk of earlier menopause, up to two years earlier. You may think, “Great! No more PMS! No need to search in every crevice of your purse for a pad or tampon!” But, this can mean that you lose the ability to have children and you up your risk of heart disease even more, so send those cigarettes packing ASAP.

Yes, smoking can be partly responsible for early menopause or hot flashes. Smoking will also increase your risk of a variety of health issues including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and osteoporosis. For your best health, stop smoking.

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