Menopause is a natural process that usually starts around the age of 50. It is called premature menopause when it starts before the age of 40.
A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a disease or health problem. A woman could get premature menopause without the risks below. The more risks a woman has, the greater the chances are. Risk factors for premature menopause are:
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG Last Updated: 3/17/2021