Are there conditions that can cause early menopause?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses how existing health conditions like autoimmune or rheumatic disease can cause menopause to begin before age 40. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

In some patients, menopause can occur much earlier than expected, even in the late 30s. Usually, we don’t know why someone goes through premature menopause. What we do when that occurs is an evaluation to check for rheumatic disease or autoimmune disease. These conditions can be associated with premature menopause. If you begin menopause before the age of 40, your doctor should evaluate you. 

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