Upping the ante to tackle early-onset menopause

An online resource has been developed to address a lack of information and awareness about the devastating condition.

“People don’t think that menopause happens to younger women.”

But it does, says endocrinologist Clinical Associate Professor Amanda Vincent. “As a society,” she says, “we don’t talk a lot about menopause, let alone early menopause. So, when a younger woman finds out her ability to have children has ended, it can be a devastating diagnosis.”

With Monash’s Clinical Associate Professor Vincent as project investigator, researchers from Monash University and RMIT have now worked with 30 women and Healthtalk Australia to launch a comprehensive online resource to address a lack of information and awareness regarding early menopause. Clinical Associate Professor Vincent was part of a team led by Monash University’s Professor Helena Teede and RMIT’s Professor Renata Kokanovic. Professor Teede is the director of the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation.

Clinical Associate Professor Vincent, a leading expert in the field, has worked at Monash Health’s multidisciplinary menopause clinic for more than 20 years. The clinic includes the first dedicated early-menopause specialty care in the country.

Commonly, menopause happens about the age of 50 when the store of eggs women are born with have gone, signalling the end of fertility and resulting in a fall in oestrogen levels. For the one in 10 who experience early menopause (before the age of 45), this can come as a great shock.

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