The average age of the menopause in the UK is 51 years. However, many women have an earlier menopause. If you are under 45 years then it is referred to as an early menopause. If you are under 40 years of age then it is referred to as Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI).
Younger women who have gone through the menopause early have different risks compared to older women and also have more benefits from taking HRT and other types of hormone treatment. I think it is really important to talk about early menopause as well as talking about menopause in older women.
Learning about early menopause is particularly important for women with POI, but also if you are under the age of 51 years and are experiencing menopausal symptoms. It will also be helpful to you if you are young and have had your ovaries removed or received treatment such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy which has resulted in your ovaries no longer working.
Further information can also be obtained from the Daisy Network which is a charity helping young women who go through the menopause early.