Women tend to reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, and the age at which individual women reach menopause varies within this range, but getting your first period at an early age does not necessarily mean that you will reach menopause early.
No correlation has been found between painful periods and the severity of symptoms of menopause.
Depending on the specific symptoms, women will visit an internist, psychosomatic specialist, or ears, nose and throat specialist. But if you think that menopause could be the reason that you are not feeling well, you should first see an OB/GYN for a menopause check-up.
Early onset menopause is a condition in which women in their 20s or 30s, earlier than the typical age for menopause, experience menopause-like symptoms. This is usually caused by the temporary failure of the ovaries to secrete female hormones due to stress or other factors. You should see an OB/GYN to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Some women experience occasional bleeding for a year or two after their menstrual cycle has ended. However, if you are bleeding five to ten years after menopause, you should visit an OB/GYN for a checkup to rule out the possibility of illness.
The symptoms of menopause are caused by a decline in the functioning of the ovaries, and symptoms gradually develop as the menstrual cycle becomes irregular. Menopausal symptoms do not suddenly become worse than they were.
Menopausal symptoms are dependent upon many factors, including psychological factors related to personality, aging and lack of estrogen, as well as social factors related to work and family (home environment). Menopausal symptoms are said to be a type of stress disorder, and because each person's background is different, they are not necessarily inherited.