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Doctor insights on: Premature Ovarian Failure And Pituitary Tumors

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Has anyone seen a patient with adrenal insufficiency, intermittent ovarian failure, intermittent glucose intolerance, and thyroid values in normal range? Perhaps also with a pituitary tumor?

Has anyone seen a patient with adrenal insufficiency, intermittent ovarian failure, intermittent glucose intolerance, and thyroid values in normal range?  Perhaps also with a pituitary tumor?

Pituitary tumors: You need an endocrinologist to sort this out. A big pituitary tumor (>10 mm) can wipe out other hormones; you could lose some (eg reproductive) but not others. Typically the last to go from a pituitary insult is TSH and acth (thyroid and adrenal), but odd things can occur. A micro tumor does not usually damage the rest of the pituitary, but may produce excess hormone (eg. Prolactin, acth). ...Read more

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How young can premature ovarian failure occur?

How young can premature ovarian failure occur?

Any Age: Some women never enter puberty. Some women enter menopause as a teenager and for some women it happens later on. So it can occur at any age. That's why it is important to be evaluated for irregular or absent periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, etc even at a young age. ...Read more

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How common is it to have premature ovarian failure?

How common is it to have premature ovarian failure?

1%: 1 out of 100 women have premature ovarian failure, or shutting down of the ovaries before age 40. Many other women have a very early menopause in their early 40's, which really is not normal, even though that is technically not premature ovarian failure. Some women (5%) can later recover some function of their ovaries. ...Read more

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Can premature ovarian failure disallow you to have kids?

Can premature ovarian failure disallow you to have kids?

Yes: True ovarian failure means the ovaries no longer produce follicle or eggs and that means without donor eggs, pregnancy won't happen. I have seen ovaries start egg production again, especially when chemo or other drugs made them stop prematurely. ...Read more

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Are hormones be produced after premature ovarian failure?

Are hormones be produced after premature ovarian failure?

Yes: Even when ovarian failure has taken place, the ovaries may still produce small amounts of hormones. We see this in premature ovarian failure as well as natural menopause. ...Read more

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What are the differences between infertility and premature ovarian failure?

What are the differences between infertility and premature ovarian failure?

They're different: Infertility is the inability to achieve a pregnancy within a year or so of having unprotected intercourse. There are many different causes of infertility. Premature ovarian failure (pof) is the temporary or permanent cessation of ovarian function before age 40. Pof can be one of the many causes of infertility. ...Read more

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Progesterone and estrogen used for premature ovarian failure?

Progesterone and estrogen used for premature ovarian failure?

Yes: For woman with premature ovarian failure (pof), we recommend hormone replacement therapy, which includes both estrogen and progesterone. The addition of Progesterone is to regulate menstrual period and prevent uterine cancer. For woman desires for pregnancy, we may be able to reduce her fsh level and induce ovulation in some patients. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of uterine cancer in a 36 year old woman with premature ovarian failure?

What is the likelihood of uterine cancer in a 36 year old woman with premature ovarian failure?

Unlikely: Unless you have abnormal bleeding or an abnormal endometrium on a pelvic ultrasound, the risk is low. You have no higher risk because of premature ovarian failure and actually it is probably lower than average. It is also low in women under the age of 40. ...Read more

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Possible to have premature ovarian failure?

Possible to have premature ovarian failure?

Yes: Usually you draw an fsh and if it is higher than 25-30 you are in menopause. ...Read more

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Do i get cyckes with premature ovarian failure?

Do i get cyckes with premature ovarian failure?

Rarely : Women with premature ovarian failure usually don't get periods (cycles) but a small percent can regain their ovarian function and their periods. Premature ovarian failures per definition is before the age 40. If you periods stopped and/ or become irregular please see your obgyn. Frequently it is due to hormonal imbalance. Also take a pregnancy test. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of premature ovarian failure?

What are the symptoms of premature ovarian failure?

See below: Most symptoms are associated with low estrogen, including irregular period, or no period, mood swing, hot flush, sleeping problem, vaginal dryness, osteoporosis, decreased sexual desires, and infertility. ...Read more

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If I have premature ovarian failure, can I still have kids?

If I have premature ovarian failure, can I still have kids?

Maybe: After ovarian failure, the only real option for conceiving is through ivf with an egg donor. Rarely pregnancies have occurred spontaneously, but the odds are very low. ...Read more

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How can you have a youngun if you have premature ovarian failure?

How can you have a youngun if you have premature ovarian failure?

Yes!: The best treatment for having a "youngun" after a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure is by undergoing in-vitro fertilization (ivf) using an egg donor. In our program (here in florida), the odds of success with this would be over 75%! ...Read more

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What happens if I have premature ovarian failure can I still have kids?

What happens if I have premature ovarian failure can I still have kids?

5 to 10%: The consensus is that between 5 to 10 percent of women with premature ovarian failure can have children. In vitro fertilization with a donor egg is an option. researchers continue to explore new treatments so definitely see a fertility specialist. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is premature ovarian failure?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is premature ovarian failure?

Early menopause-like: Loss of normal ovarian function under the age of 40. Usually your ovaries have run out of eggs early or something is keeping them from developing properly and therefore the hormones they usually produce. Can be genetic, related to toxins, immune system problems or unknown causes. Need a thorough workup. ...Read more

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Can MS cause premature ovarian failure?

Can MS cause premature ovarian failure?

Not directly: Ovarian function can be affected secondarily, if lesions appear in the hypothalamic-pituitary pathways, but perhaps the most direct way likely involves many of the meds we use in ms. All are potentially teratogenic, but Aubagio has the only black box in the pdr for pregnancy, and might be the riskiest of all. Do not really have full knowledge of hormonal effects of the newer drugs currently. ...Read more

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What do docs. Do if premature ovarian failure?

What do docs. Do if premature ovarian failure?

POI not POF ...: Primary ovarian insufficiency is a much better term - it's not 'failure' or 'menopause' necessarily. We confirm the diagnosis, look for genetic problems like turner syndrome or fragile x and test for autoimmune adrenal disease - these things may affect your health. Treatment may involve hormonal replacement. 5-10% of women with poi get pregnant on their own, but you may need donor eggs to conceive. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chastain
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Pituitary Disorders (Definition)

The pituitary is a gland in brain. It produces different hormones that help with various bodily functions (reproduction, body temperature control, blood pressure, growth, cognition). A disorder of pituitary can affect one or some or all of hormones and cause excess hormonal production or loss of hormonal production. A person with pituitary disorder should be under ...Read more


Dr. Scott Roseff
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Premature Ovarian Failure (Definition)

Premature ovarian failure is a medical condition in which a female stops producing eggs before the age of 35. In other words, affected females begin ...Read more