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Symptoms of Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
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.
Since your ovaries no longer ovulate, other typical symptoms of POF are similar to those experienced by women going through menopause. These may include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Decreased sexual drive
- Pain during intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Poor concentration
- Trouble sleeping
Women with POF do not produce enough estrogen. Lower hormone levels put you at a greater risk for a number of health problems such as:
- Osteoporosis. Estrogen protects against bone loss by conserving calcium and other minerals in your bones. Since your ovaries have stopped making estrogen, you may lose bone density, or bone strength, which makes the bones fragile and easier to break.
- Hypothyroidism. The thyroid makes and releases hormones that control the body’s energy level and metabolism. If the thyroid is not producing enough hormones it results in a condition called hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function. If you have hypothyroidism, you will have very little energy and feel weak.
- Addison’s disease. Addison’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that develops when your adrenal glands don’t produce enough of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol helps the body cope with stress from an injury or illness. The most common symptoms of this disease include unexpected weight loss, fatigue, and weakness. You might feel lightheaded or have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a craving for salt. Your skin may also become darker.