Your mom went through menopause early
The average age of menopause is 51, according to the National Institute on Aging, but for some women, it can start in their forties or even younger. While early menopause occurs between 40 and 45, “we define premature ovarian failure as menopause before age 40,” says Patricia Pollio, MD, director of the department of ob-gyn at Good Samaritan Hospital land a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, in Suffern, New York. “There are some genetic or inherited risk factors,” she says. One National Institutes of Health study found a significant connection between lower levels of ovarian reserve, as marked by the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), in women whose mothers went through early menopause. “If your mother had an early menopause, you are six times as likely to have the same experience,” says Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, New York. Pay attention to these symptoms of perimenopause.