“Induced menopause refers to menstrual periods that stop after surgical removal of the ovaries, chemotherapy or radiation damage to the ovaries, or from…”.1

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What is induced menopause?

Depending on the Source (DotS) the definition of induced menopause may vary. The North American Menopause Society’s definition is:

“Induced menopause refers to menstrual periods that stop after surgical removal of the ovaries, chemotherapy or radiation damage to the ovaries, or from the use of other medications to intentionally induce menopause as part of the treatment of certain diseases”.2

In Premature & Early Menopause: Terminology — Induced Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s definition is:

“Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments can cause the ovaries to stop functioning, which means periods stop, and this is usually described as ‘induced menopause’”.3

Age

At what age may induced menopause occur?

In Instant Help for Induced Menopause the NAMS note:

“Induced menopause can occur at any age after puberty and before natural, spontaneous menopause occurs”.4

Menopause Symptoms

What are menopause symptoms related to induced menopause?

The NAMS explain:

Induced Menopause
“A. Menopause symptoms related to induced menopause can be similar to those from natural menopause, including hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness. But premenopausal women who experience induced menopause can have more intense symptoms, and therefore, a greater need for treatment to control them than women who undergo natural menopause. And because you may be going through menopause at a young age, you need ongoing monitoring and sometimes treatment to lower your risk of menopause-associated diseases, such as osteoporosis, later in life”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I have had an induced menopause?

If you have had an induced menopause, it may be in your best interest to choose to have regular reevaluation by your health care provider. The NAMS note:

“Seek out a certified menopause practitioner for help finding information about and your options when undergoing induced menopause”.6

In Instant Help for Induced Menopause the NAMS also explain:

“Regular reevaluation by a health care practitioner is of vital importance for women who experience induced menopause to:

  • Monitor the condition that resulted in induced menopause
  • Ensure adequate symptom relief as needed
  • Reassess health status and risks for disease
  • Determine the best disease prevention or treatment strategies”.7

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  1. Menopause FAQs: Premature, Early, and Induced Menopause – Q. What is induced menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-premature-early-and-induced-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
  2. Menopause FAQs: Premature, Early, and Induced Menopause – Q. What is induced menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-premature-early-and-induced-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
  3. Premature & Early Menopause: Terminology — Induced Menopause. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/premature-early-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
  4. Instant Help for Induced Menopause. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/instant-help-for-induced-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
  5. Menopause FAQs: Premature, Early, and Induced Menopause – Q. I’m facing a hysterectomy with removal of my ovaries, so I’m going to have an induced menopause. Is it different from natural menopause? https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-premature-early-and-induced-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
  6. Menopause FAQs: Premature, Early, and Induced Menopause – Q. What is induced menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-premature-early-and-induced-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
  7. Instant Help for Induced Menopause. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/instant-help-for-induced-menopause Accessed: 06 May 2020
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