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Premature Ovarian Failure

Premature ovarian failure is indicated when the normal function of the ovaries stops in a woman younger than age 40.

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Usually the first symptom of Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is the onset of irregular periods or no period at all. You may notice a change in your menstrual flow or the length of time bleeding.

You are considered to have premature ovarian failure (POF) if you are 40 years old or younger and your ovaries no longer ovulate (release eggs).

If your periods are irregular or have stopped, your doctor will ask you to have a blood test that measures the level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH helps control a woman’s menstrual cycle and the production of eggs. This blood test helps determine whether or not your ovaries are working properly and is done on the third day of the menstrual cycle.

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What Are Symptoms and Indications of Premature Ovarian Failure?

Irregular menstrual cycles, low levels of estrogen and high FSH levels may indicate premature ovarian failure, according to Chicago fertility doctor Helen Kim.

What is Premature Ovarian Failure?

Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) refers to a condition whereby a woman loses her eggs before the age of 40. Dr. Helen Kim, a fertility doctor with University of Chicago explains what POF is and its causes.