Early menopause - Definition

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Menopause 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.