A normal menopause is defined as when a woman experiences no menstrual period for 12 months with no other medical explanation. The ovaries stop releasing eggs and the monthly bleed does not occur. It is usually accompanied by classical signs such as hot flushes and mood changes as hormone levels change, particularly oestrogen. The average age that this takes place in the UK is 51 years. A menopause occurring under 45 years is considered early and a menopause under 40 is premature. Premature menopause is now more commonly known as Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI).

For further advice and guidance on Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, and how we may be able to support you please see our patient information leaflet here.