Menopause is usually considered to be premature when it occurs in a woman's thirties or early forties. Menopause is also called premature when it occurs even earlier following surgical removal of the ovaries because of disease, such as ovarian cancer or endometriosis.
Should premature menopause always be TREATED?
Most physicians believe that it should be treated with hormone replacement therapy. Without treatment, a young woman going through menopause will be deprived of the protective effects of estrogen in her body many years earlier than she would have been naturally. This puts her at greater risk for thinning, porous bone and osteoporosis, for example, which is discussed in Chapter 8.