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Entering Menopause or Pre Menopause Too Early?
My friend Nicole just turned 20 and has entered menopause! She is so pretty, full of energy, extremely bright and always happy but has been overweight all her life. How is it possible for menopause or pre menopause to occur in someone so young? Her parents are seeking medical help for her but what can I do to help?
Answer (Published 8/26/2004)
I doubt that your friend really has reached menopause or pre menopause – that is quite unlikely at such a young age. Instead, she may have developed “amenorrhea,” a lapse in her menstrual cycle that can occur for any number of reasons. Since your friend is overweight, this factor alone could explain her problem. Being too heavy (or too thin) can disrupt the menstrual cycle. In these cases, moving toward normal weight should get things back on track.
Here are some other possibilities:
Your friend’s best bet is to get an evaluation from an endocrinologist or gynecologist experienced in treating menstrual disorders. With luck, her condition can be easily treated, and her menstrual cycle will resume.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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