Women who experience a cessation of their monthly cycles very early in life, e.g., their twenties or thirties, may not have menopause, but a different and possibly more serious medical condition instead. If you suddenly have a complete lack of menstrual periods and you are not in your late forties to late fifties, you will want to talk to your OBGYN right away. He or she can help uncover an underlying condition and provide you with menopause treatments that can reverse and help your condition, whatever it may be. Here is a closer look at menopause false starts, some of their causes, and how menopause treatments can help.
Partial or Complete Cessation of Your Cycle
Although most women experience "peri-menopause" a few years before the full onset of menopause, you should not be experiencing a partial or complete cessation of your cycle in your twenties or early thirties. Ruling out pregnancy, there are several health conditions that can cause this that have nothing to do with menopause at all. Be sure to keep track of your cycle so you can alert your OBGYN to exactly when your cycle stopped, restarted, or stopped completely and for how long you have gone without a period.
Underlying Health Causes
The multiple health concerns and causes of a menopause false start are:
- Loss of a functional ovary or loss of proper ovary functioning such that it no longer produces female hormones required for a regular menstrual cycle
- Pituitary adenomas, which are tumorous growths on your pituitary that directly affect your pituitary's ability to control and regulate all of the hormones your endocrine and exocrine glands produce
- Prolactinemia, a condition whereby your prolactin levels (the hormone responsible for milk production and breast tissue growth) are exceedingly high, producing a state of false postpartum activity in your brain and body
- Morbid obesity
Obviously, some of these conditions are significantly more serious than others (cancer, pituitary adenomas that can turn malignant), which is why you should see your OBGYN right away when your periods cessate for a long time.
Menopause Treatments That Can Help
Some menopause treatments, specifically hormone replacement therapy and medications to regulate and return your thyroid to normal functioning for your age, can jumpstart your periods again. They can also help your body "reset" at the biochemical level so that all of the hormones come back into a balanced state. You may either choose the homeopathic medicines to obtain results, or use modern pharmaceuticals. In the case of adenomas or cancer, you should begin treatments right away. If obesity is the reason, weight loss and exercise should help.
To learn more about menopause treatment, contact a clinic like Bay Area Women's Care.