marks the end, for women, of the natural ability to reproduce: the functioning of the ovaries
is interrupted by the depletion of the ovarian follicles
, the menstrual cycle
, appearing with regular periods, no longer occurs either. Early menopause is the same thing, except that it occurs too early, before the age of 45: this is also called premature
ovarian failure. It affects less than 5% of women and is suspected in the absence of periods for several consecutive months in a woman who was previously regular. The dosage
of a hormone
, FSH, repeated 2 times with an interval of 2 months between each dose confirms the diagnosis.