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Dr. Seth Derman
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Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (Overview)

Premature ovarian failure is a loss of normal function of your ovaries before age 40. If your ovaries fail, they don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly.


Dr. Seth Derman
115 doctors shared insights

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (Overview)

Premature ovarian failure is a loss of normal function of your ovaries before age 40. If your ovaries fail, they don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly.


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What are the symptoms associated with primary ovarian insufficiency?

What are the symptoms associated with primary ovarian insufficiency?

Irregular/ no period: Irregular cycles or no periods, especially in a woman who was regular before, is a common sign. However there are many other causes of irregular cycles that we need to exclude. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or mood changes may occur, particularly if the woman's periods are stopped. Some women with primary ovarian insufficiency still have regular periods but see md for difficulty getting pregnant. ...Read more

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What are the tests for primary ovarian insufficiency?

What are the tests for primary ovarian insufficiency?

Many tests, see REI: Reproductive endocrinology md will confirm poi - pregnancy test, fsh, lh, estradiol, amh, thyroid and prolactin tests, pelvic ultrasound. Test for genetic causes: karyotype looking for turner's syndrome, fragile x premutation testing, fish test for sry (y-chromosome material). Test adrenal antibodies which cause addison's disease. Screen for diabetes, thyroid antibodies, and parathyroid disease. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for primary ovarian insufficiency?

What is the treatment for primary ovarian insufficiency?

Trying to conceive?: If not trying to conceive: bone density scan, calcium, vitamin d, and hormone replacement with estrogen and progestin. We look for and treat any adrenal insufficiency. If you're trying to conceive, 5-10% of women with poi will get pregnant on their own after diagnosis, but if you truly have poi we don't have good fertility treatments using your own eggs. Egg donation or embryo donation are best. ...Read more

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What are the tests for primary ovarian insufficiency?

Many tests, see REI: Reproductive endocrinology md will confirm poi - pregnancy test, fsh, lh, estradiol, amh, thyroid and prolactin tests, pelvic ultrasound. Test for genetic causes: karyotype looking for turner's syndrome, fragile x premutation testing, fish test for sry (y-chromosome material). Test adrenal antibodies which cause addison's disease. Screen for diabetes, thyroid antibodies, and parathyroid disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with primary ovarian insufficiency?

Irregular/ no period: Irregular cycles or no periods, especially in a woman who was regular before, is a common sign. However there are many other causes of irregular cycles that we need to exclude. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or mood changes may occur, particularly if the woman's periods are stopped. Some women with primary ovarian insufficiency still have regular periods but see md for difficulty getting pregnant. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Primary ovarian insufficiency?

What is the definition or description of: Primary ovarian insufficiency?

Early failure: Premature ovarian failure is a loss of normal function of your ovaries before age 40. If your ovaries fail, they don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for primary ovarian insufficiency?

Trying to conceive?: If not trying to conceive: bone density scan, calcium, vitamin d, and hormone replacement with estrogen and progestin. We look for and treat any adrenal insufficiency. If you're trying to conceive, 5-10% of women with poi will get pregnant on their own after diagnosis, but if you truly have poi we don't have good fertility treatments using your own eggs. Egg donation or embryo donation are best. ...Read more

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Is it common for primary ovarian insufficiency to develop postpartum?

Is it common for primary ovarian insufficiency to develop postpartum?

Early menopause: Premature ovarian failure can occur at any age, but it is unusual immediately following pregnancy. Regular menses suggest ovulation and a healthy ovary, but there are many causes of lack of menses after having a baby. Included considerations are breastfeeding, polycystic ovaries (estrogen is produced, but no ovulation), another pregnancy! pituitary failure (sheehan's syndrome) is a rare cause. ...Read more

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With primary ovarian insufficiency and not taking hrt, is it possible for a woman to get an occasional period?

With primary ovarian insufficiency and not taking hrt, is it possible for a woman to get an occasional period?

Kinda: If you have little to no estrogen from your ovaries you should not bleed at all. But if you have some in your diet or are overweight you may have bleeding so talk to your obgyn or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ovarian insufficiency?

What is the definition or description of: Ovarian insufficiency?

Spectrum of disorder: "Primary ovarian insufficiency describes a spectrum of declining ovarian functions and reduced fecundity due premature decrease in follicle number, an increase in follicle destruction or poor response to gonadotropins".This abnormal "Hypoestrogenic state" increases risks of vasomotor symptoms, urogenital atrophy, osteoporosis, fractures, cardiovascular diseases and other issues if left untreated ...Read more

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Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has ovarian insufficiency. What is that?

Premature menopause: Ovarian insufficiency is another way of saying someone is going through menopause. There can be various causes of why someone might go through this prematurely. This can be treated with supplemental hormones and should not keep your friend from attending the reunion. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian insufficiency?

What are the symptoms of ovarian insufficiency?

Irregular/ no period: Irregular cycles or no periods, especially in a woman who was regular before, is a common sign. However there are many other causes of irregular cycles that we need to exclude. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or mood changes may occur, particularly if the woman's periods are stopped. Some women with primary ovarian insufficiency still have regular periods but see md for difficulty getting pregnant. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ovarian insufficiency?

What is the treatment for ovarian insufficiency?

Trying to conceive?: If not trying to conceive: bone density scan, calcium, vitamin d, and hormone replacement with estrogen and progestin. We look for and treat any adrenal insufficiency. If you're trying to conceive, 5-10% of women with poi will get pregnant on their own after diagnosis, but if you truly have poi we don't have good fertility treatments using your own eggs. Egg donation or embryo donation are best. ...Read more

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Is there something wrong with ovaries or hormone system if I have ovarian insufficiency?

Is there something wrong with ovaries or hormone system if I have ovarian insufficiency?

EARLY menopause: Ovarian failure or 'insufficiency' is a really another name for menopause (which may be premature if <40 yo). Normally the pituitary gland (in the brain) sends 2 hormone messengers FSH & lh to 'tell' the ovary to make estrogen/'female' hormones. When the ovary 'fails' =estrogen levels drop and fsh/lh levels rise confirming ovarian 'insufficiency' . Treatment with 'hormones' is optional. ...Read more

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Normal paps, neg. HPV, slight burning during and spotting after sex. Have primary ovarian insuffciency and vag. dryness. Worried about cancer. Likely?

Normal paps, neg. HPV, slight burning during and spotting after sex. Have primary ovarian insuffciency and vag. dryness. Worried about cancer. Likely?

Vaginal irritation: Due to your ovarian insufficiency, your estrogen levels are likely low ,leading to the vaginal dryness. This dryness is likely the cause of the burning during intercourse and the spotting after. There are excellent estrogen creams that can be used vaginally to reduce dryness. Lubricants may also be helpful, but long term the condition will likely respond better to the estrogen cream. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Opsahl
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Ovarian Insufficiency (Definition)

"Primary ovarian insufficiency describes a spectrum of declining ovarian functions and reduced fecundity due premature decrease in follicle number, an increase in follicle destruction or poor response to gonadotropins".This abnormal "Hypoestrogenic state" increases risks of vasomotor symptoms, urogenital atrophy, osteoporosis, fractures, cardiovascular diseases and other ...Read more