Ask the Experts- November 2023

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: November 14, 2023

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

I am wondering if it’s a myth when I’m told you’re too young to be menopausal in your 30’s and 40’s.  Please enlighten me. Thank you.


Dear Paula,

Thanks for writing to Red Hot Mamas. Even though most women begin menopause sometime between 45-55 years of age (with the average age of 51), going through menopause earlier is possible. And, experiencing symptoms of menopause such as having hot flashes and fertility issues can occur when you are in your late 30’s and early 40’s and that may be quite normal. Please keep your gynecologist informed about your periods because skipping periods during your late 30’s and early 40’s can also indicate medical problems. For some women, certain medical treatments can cause the early onset of menopause. These include:

Chemotherapy or radiation therapy; If you have both of your ovaries removed (surgical menopause; autoimmune disorders (diseases of your immune system) and thyroid problems) can result in premature menopause (menopause that occurs before age 40).

So, it is important for you to talk to your doctor about when and how menopause can affect your body.