How can I know if I have pcos or premature ovarian failure?

Gyn evaluation . This is what Gynocologists are made for (among other things)
Symptoms and labs. PCOS is a collection of symptoms that may include irregular periods, insulin resistance (lab), high testosterone (lab OR symptoms), and ovarian cysts ( ultrasound diagnosis). Premature ovarian failure is no periods)along with hormone changes (lab). There are very different treatments and other reasons for these symptoms (thyroid issues, pregnancy), so it's best to see a doctor for exam and labs.

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How young can premature ovarian failure occur?

Any age. It can happen at any age after puberty. It is not common though. And sometimes premature ovarian failure is temporary and the normal function may return. Read more...
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...

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...
Not too common. Premature ovarian failure is not too common. Drug exposure, radiation, inflammatory diseases are some causes of POF. At 57, natural ovarian failure, or menopause, is extremely common. . Read more...

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...

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...

What are the differences between infertility and premature ovarian failure?

Very different. Premature ovarian failure (pof) is when the ovaries shut down before age 40. That usually leads to infertility. Some women with infertility find out during a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist that they have pof. But the vast majority of women with infertility do not have pof. There are many contributing factors to infertility. Read more...
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...

Progesterone and estrogen used for premature ovarian failure?

Yes. Premature ovarian failure, without hormone replacement, is associated with a risk of early bone loss and heart disease. Estrogen and Progesterone replacement is generally recommended to decrease these risks. Read more...
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...