Premature Menopause Linked to Later Cognitive Decline

May 9, 2014 9:46 PM

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Premature Menopause Linked to Later Cognitive Decline

While the average age at menopause is about 50 years old, premature menopause refers to menopause that occurs at or before the age of 40. Sometimes this due to surgically induced menopause, such as a bilateral ovariectomy, or “natural” menopause, which is the non-surgical loss of ovarian function, the researchers said.

Of the 4,868 women in the study, 79 percent reported natural menopause, while 10 percent reported surgical menopause and 11 percent reported menopause due to other causes, such as radiation or chemotherapy.

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