A survey from the Institute of Social and Economic Change found that about four percent of women in India, ages 29 to 34, have begun experiencing the signs of menopause. And, the data shows the number increases to eight percent for women between 35 and 39 years old.
The average menopause age for women around the world is 51.
Why is this happening?
According to Medical Director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Center Dr. Shobha Gupta said one culprit might be related to Premature Ovarian Failure. This is when the ovaries stop working like they should before the woman turns 40.
Gupta said the cause of this condition is not known for most cases. However, it’s thought that work culture with rising stress and food habits are the reasons for it. She said a woman’s body goes through an array of changes due to the requirements in lifestyle and setting.
Dr. Anubha Singh is an infertility expert at Shantah IVF Centre. Singh said a person’s lifestyle choices such as drinking and smoking along with autoimmune disorders, thyroid conditions, radiation exposure and bad nutrition could lead to premature menopause. Genital tuberculosis can cause a failure in ovaries.
Various studies have noted that menopause age could be inherited. Therefore, women who experience menopause early may have mothers who also experienced premature ovarian failure or early menopause.
The symptoms of early menopause are similar to natural menopause: change in period patterns, mood swings, hot flashes, sleeplessness and crying spells. Any woman that experiences this should talk to a fertility center professional and undergo a blood test to determine if they have POF.
There are some natural treatments to ease the hot flashes such as eating soy that includes phytoestrogens like soy nuts, soymilk, soy powder, and tofu.
To combat the possibility for POF includes consuming foods loaded with calcium like almonds, cheese, green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals like raisin bran and corns flakes. Another thing is to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week. Women should consider taking a multi-vitamin supplement that offers a plethora of magnesium, zinc and vitamins D and E.