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Young women with menopause-like condition at risk for depression – 3

Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Iím Joe Balintfy. Physicians treating women with irregular menstrual cycles should also watch for depression symptoms. Dr. Lawrence Nelson at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says depression, as well as menstrual changes, often precede premature menopause.

Nelson: So it seems like a useful approach to educate women and their clinicians if they're having irregular menstrual cycles it could be an early sign that they're leading towards premature menopause or primary ovarian insufficiency. It is also associated in this patient population with an increase incidence of depression and could be an earlier sign of that to allow earlier treatment.

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