Menopause In Your 20’s

Medical Breakthroughs Reported by Ivanhoe

Reported November 12, 2010

BETHESDA, Md. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — For most women, menopause hits around age 50. But thousands of girls and young women have the “change” hit decades too early, meaning motherhood could be out of the question. Researchers are using a patch to help some women realize their dreams of being called “mom.”

Christine Eads spends her day talking to Sirius XM radio listeners about Hollywood happenings, current events, even the latest TV shows.

“I have to watch television and read magazines, and it’s just horrible,” Christine Eads, radio personality, told Ivanhoe.

But what played out in her real life was more like a bad soap opera. After years of irregular periods, night sweats and dozens of doctor’s visits…

“You’re too skinny. You’re not eating right. It’s the medicine you’re taking,” Eads said.

Even being told she might have an STD … finally, the right diagnosis– menopause at 26.

“It turns out, some young women, even teenagers, can have the signs and symptoms of menopause develop,” Lawrence Nelson M.D. National Institutes of Health reproductive endocrinologist, explained.

POI, or primary ovarian insufficiency, affects 1 out of every 1,000 women between 15 and 29 years old. The ovaries don’t work right… And a simple blood test can determine if you have it — but it’s often misdiagnosed for years.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.