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Is early menopause hereditary?


QI went through menopause early, at the age of 44, and my sister seems to be following suit. Her GP said she should tell her daughters as there could be a genetic link and it’s likely they could go through it early too. Is that true?

A Yes, when our periods stop does have a familial trait, so it is important if you have daughters that they know this. More women today choose to delay starting a family until they are well establishe­d in their career, but if you know you’re likely to go through the change at a younger age, that might influence your decision.

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