Low estrogen level is the main cause of premature menopause. We meet, more and more often, women that are younger than 45, in impossibility of living a normal life because of the early menopause. Even though the specific age for menopause is around 50 years unusual cases occur. Younger women experience early menopause.

A woman’s body stops producing estrogen in the moment when ovaries stop functioning. In most of the cases women pass through a transition period of 3 to 5 years called perimenopause before menopause. During this transition period women do not stop menstruating but symptoms of menopause appear and the level of estrogen is getting low.

Younger women, with premature menopause, skip perimenopause and menopause symptoms suddenly appear. The symptoms are the same hot flashes, vaginal dryness, memory loss or insomnia.

Studies show us that a small percentage (1%) of women develop ovarian failure before 45 years. This study leads us to this conclusion: the removal of both ovaries represents the main cause of early menopause.

Different symptoms like vasomotor symptoms will be experienced by women with surgical menopause. Women that entered menopause after the age of 45 will almost never experience vasomotor symptoms. Even if they exist, in their cases, these kinds of symptoms do not affect them as much as they affect premenopausal women.

Studies say that severe vasomotor symptoms last about 8 to 9 years for women with early menopause and not more than 2 for women that reached natural menopause.

These women are treated with estrogen patches that apply on the skin. The patch is small sized and it’s called Vivelle-Dot. The patch applies on the lower abdomen and it’s changed twice a week. It doesn’t come of easily, so it lasts through a woman’s daily activities. Through this patch estradiol is sent into the bloodstream, estradiol being the main estrogen produced by ovaries. This patch has benefic results over hot flashes, night sweats or other menopause symptoms, even if it’s about normal or premature menopause.

Being an estrogen treatment, Vivelle-Dot is not recommended in every case. Women that are suspected of pregnancy or women with breast cancer are not allowed to follow this treatment. None of the women with abnormal genital bleeding should accept this treatment.

Everybody thinks that media, but especially medical centers should help women with premature menopause to realize their problems. After a proper understanding these women should be able to face their destiny and should be able to take a decision regarding the treatment and their life.

By: Groshan Fabiola

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19 Jun 2007