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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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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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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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Can I get pregnant if I have premature ovarian failure?

Can I get pregnant if I have premature ovarian failure?

Very unlikely: Rarely, people with failure of a gland will spontaneously recover function. Otherwise you would hormonal treatment and an invitro fertilized egg implanted and continued hormonal treatment during the pregnancy. ...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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Are the regular hormones still produced after premature ovarian failure?

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Are the regular hormones still produced after premature ovarian failure?

Not usually: Ovarian failure from any cause means that normal hormone production does not take place. However, this condition may be transient and normal ovarian function may return unexpectedly in some women. ...Read more

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How long does it take for periods to stop after premature ovarian failure?

How long does it take for periods to stop after premature ovarian failure?

Immediatly: Amenorhhea is what brings women in to see a gynecologist or endocrinologist. The ovarian failure may actually occur a few months before, but unless a woman is trying to get pregnant, it is the absence of a menstrual period that brings women in. That is the time when blood tests suggest the problem is primarily ovarian. ...Read more

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How long does it take for periods to stop if you get premature ovarian failure?

How long does it take for periods to stop if you get premature ovarian failure?

Varies: It may stop abruptly or more gradually over period of time. ...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


Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility is defined medically as the inability to conceive a baby after 12 months of ...Read more