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Can menopause happen before or in my 40s?

Menopause before age 40 is referred to as "primary ovarian insufficiency" and this is abnormal. It may result from early depletion of ova (eggs) or from hormonal defects without early depletion of ova. The cause of this condition is often difficult to determine, but may be related to genetic mutations, immune system dysfunction or environmental effects, including toxins.

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Women usually go through menopause in their 50s—so why are you getting hot flashes and other symptoms a decade or more ahead of time? In this video, gynecologist and Dr. Oz Show guest Shaun Biggers gives advice to 40-plus women and smoothing their hormonal ups and downs.

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