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Premature menopause a new scare among urban women
More than one in 20 women are affected by early menopause, which keeps them at a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and other problems in the latter half of life. Most of the women are not getting periods before the age of 40, for no known reason. This new scare of premature menopause is making the women infertile at an early age.

The study carried out by Imperial College London, which is one of the most comprehensive colleges that carries out premature menopause studies, found women who had an early menopause were more than twice as likely to say they had a poor quality of life ‘affecting vitality, physical function, mental health, and general health perceptions’, reported Mail Online.

When this citizen journalist asked about the possible causes of premature menopause, Dr. Ranjana Sharma, gynecologist at Apollo Hospitals, said: “It’s basically an auto-immune problem. In some cases, early menopause is caused due to removal of ovaries or by medical treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In other cases, it can be a genetic problem or failure of ovaries.”

Dr Gayatri Karthik, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Manipal Hospitals, told this citizen journalist: “A 27-year-old woman, who had to abort her pregnancy due to some complications, came to me saying that she is getting irregular periods and is having mood swings, and she was totally shocked when I told her that she is entering into her menopause. She was so depressed. I asked her to get ovaries from someone as after that she has the chance of getting pregnant through IVF.”

A five-year long study conducted by Sattvam, a city-based care center for women and children, found 432 out the 980 women in the study entered menopause in the age group of 30-35 years, while 216 did so between 35-40 years of age. The center has also treated 68 women, who entered menopause in the age group of 25-30 years, while 264 women were above 40 years of age, reported The Times of India.

Now, this issue is becoming a scare for urban women as they are getting into marriage in late 20s and take a break of several years in planning kids.

Dr. Gayatri said, “Women should not get disheartened about this premature menopause, as there are alternatives to get out of this. They can choose hormonal balancing therapy to support the menstrual cycle or integral treatment of homeopathy and yoga. If the above methods don’t work then we suggest the patients to retrieve their eggs by egg freezing technique.”

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