A five-year-old girl has started the menopause.

Child hits menopause

Child hits menopause

Emily Dover went through puberty at two years old as she started to develop breasts, at four years old the child started her period, and only one year later the youngster has started to experience the life change older women tend to go through later in life.

And the whole ordeal has shocked mother Tam Dover who thinks it is unfair on her child who has ''lost out'' on enjoying her childhood.

Speaking to the Mirror Online about her offspring - who was diagnosed with Addisons disease earlier this year - Tam said: ''We used panty liners and it didn't last more than a day.

''She only had her period again the other day. She hasn't even had a chance to be a little girl. She's having to learn how to put panty liners on for menstruating.

''It's difficult to explain to her what is happening. She knows she's different, she knows she's much bigger than other children.

''Emily is my youngest child and she was also my smallest baby after birth. She was 8lbs.''