What can cause a young woman to have premature ovarian failure?

Many causes. There are many causes for premature ovarian failure. Chemotherapy and radiation and certain medications can damage the ovaries. There are genetic causes such as fragile x and turner's syndrome. In many women, there is no identifiable cause which can be frustrating.
POF is low eggs. Premature ovarian failure is the loss of the eggs the ovary before age 35. Eggs are a limited and valuable resource. The number is set at birth at around a million. Two-thirds disappear in childhood and the remainder during the reproductive years. By menopause few eggs remain. Starting with a lower number, accelerated loss through surgery, smoking, or immune illness result in premature failure.

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What might cause a thickened uterine lining in a woman with premature ovarian failure vs. One in natural menopause?

Estrogen excess. Endometrial thickening is usually due to excess estrogen effect on the uterine lining or infrequent ovulation. A polyp, submucus fibroid or (less commonly) an endometrial cancer can cause an abnormally thickened endometrial lining. Read more...

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...

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...

What can cause elevated FSH and LH levels and premature ovarian failure?

Ovarian failure. Ovarian failure causes elevated fsh and lh, ovarian falure is mostly due to genetic or immune causes - although we do not know or understand all the possible reasons. 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...