Can You Go Through Menopause at 40?

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

I have read about the symptoms of menopause and I have been experiencing a lot of them but I am only 40 years old. Is it possible I am going through menopause at my age?

Doctor's response

Menopause is defined by doctors as the absence of menstrual periods for a period of one year. Although the average age for menopause is 51, it can happen any time between the 30s and 50s. It is uncommon for menopause to occur before the age of 40, but many of the symptoms of menopause can begin several years before menopause occurs. This time of transition is referred to as the perimenopause. Many women begin to experience some symptoms of menopause when they enter their 40s.

Medically reviewed by Wayne S. Blocker, MD; Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology


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Reviewed on 9/14/2017