What is the prevalence of early menopause?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Natural menopause usually occurs in women who are between the ages of 47 and 55. Early menopause affects about 5% of women between the ages 40 and 45. This usually happens in one of two ways: It can happen spontaneously, or because they have their ovaries removed or damaged by chemotherapy or radiation for cancer. In rare cases, doctors are unable to determine the cause of early menopause. In even rarer cases, some woman will stop menstruating before age 40. Called premature ovarian failure (POF), a condition where the ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, this condition affects approximately 1% of women.

Overall, the prevalence of early menopause in those under the age of 40 is one in 100. The prevalence is one in 1,000 for those under the age of 30. The condition is less common in Asian women, and more common in African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian women.

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