While there are many factors that can cause early menopause (including genetics and some autoimmune diseases, according to healthline), your lifestyle as a teen (and as a twenty-something) can also be influential:
1. Sugary drinks and soda
According to a study, girls who drank more sugary drinks on a daily basis started their period several months earlier than those who did not. Sugar overload from sodas and sweetened juices can cause changes to your metabolism, which can potentially change a girl’s menarche age, not to mention weight gain.
Obesity plagues children, causing many young girls to go through puberty earlier. Obesity in young girls could cause them to start their period earlier.
3. Starting your period early
Women who receive their period at 11 or younger are 80 percent more likely to experience early menopause. An early period could hint at poor reproductive health, though the exact causes have not been discovered. However, the studies done have proven a link between early menstruation and early menopause.
4. Not having children (by choice or infertility)
Women with early menstruation are more likely to have premature menopause, but they are in double trouble if they have not had children yet. Women are twice as likely to experience premature menopause if they have not had children when compared to women who have had one or more children. The study didn’t clearly outline the correlation, but ovarian problems could be the reason why these premenopausal women have remained childless.
According to a study, 14 percent of smoking women were at a greater risk of infertility and 26 percent of going through early menopause. Toxins in tobacco smoke can interfere with hormone production causing damage to egg cell production, fertility cycles and preventing an embryo’s ability to implant on the uterine wall
Cancer treatments traditionally damage the ovaries. After receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy, it is possible – over time – to have some ovarian functions return. But the radiation is so harsh on the body, it usually causes ovary functions to begin to shut down. If they do not return to their natural state, the woman may continue straight into menopause. If you went throught cancer treatment as a teen or during your twenties, you could experience early menopause because of it.