Signs of Early Menopause

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I'm Dr. Oz here with a tip for younger women. If you're in your 30's, haven't had a period in a while, and are experiencing hot flashes, you could be going through early menopause it happens. Hot flashes and no periods suggest you may have primary ovarian insufficiency. Also known as early menopause or premature ovarian failure.

Ask your gynecologists for a blood test that measures several hormones including follicle stimulating hormone which stimulates your ovaries to make eggs. If this hormone is in the menopausal range to test that a month apart is that you have POI. About 5 to 10% of women with POI still conceive but if you want to have children your chances of pregnancy are much better with fertility treatments.

Even if you don't plan to have children see your doctor if you have symptoms of early menopause it could be caused by a hormonal or chemical imbalance that's treatable. And if you do have POI there are higher risks of osteoporosis, you learn the steps now to prevent bone loss later. I'm Dr. Oz, more tips to be a smart patient, check out our smart tips.