Van der Schouw said the findings indicate new research is needed on the association between early menopause and stroke risk. More studies “may eventually lead to new, still unknown pathways and new clues for preventive measures,” she said.
According to the Office on Women’s Health, about 5% of women have naturally early menopause. Certain treatments or medications can make menopause occur sooner. The Cleveland Clinic said smoking, infections including mumps or autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can also cause premature menopause, or menopause before 40.