New research from Sweden finds women who go through menopause early are almost twice as likely to have the bone thinning disease osteoporosis.
More disturbingly the study, published in the journal BJOG, found the same group had a higher rate of death.
The study involved 390 women who were followed for about 30 years.
The early menopause group had a mortality rate of 52 percent compared to 35 percent for the late menopause women.
Early menopause was defined as starting the change at 47 or younger.
Researchers point out that even though they have found these associations with early menopause, there is no proof yet of cause and effect.