Young women in early menopause underdiagnosed, experts say
Susan Kolar, of Rochester, Minnesota knew something wasn’t right last year when she missed her period for three months, but multiple pregnancy tests gave negative results. The 37-year-old registered nurse was also irritable, restless and had trouble sleeping; she lost hair, had vaginal irritation and started to gain weight in her abdomen despite eating healthy and working out five days a week. Although she had hot flashes, they subsided after a month.
After her primary care physician and a specialist ran blood tests, Kolar was told her ovaries were no longer working— a condition known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Kolar was told she was in premature menopause.
“I thought I was just going through some changes of getting older, but never did it go through my mind of early menopause,” Kolar said.
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