Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

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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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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