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).
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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.
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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Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, POI, is a condition in which women under the age of 40 have an onset of early menopause which may include, no further menses, high FSH levels, or low estrogen levels, explains Dr. Amber Cooper.
Irregular menstrual cycles, low levels of estrogen and high FSH levels may indicate premature ovarian failure, according to Chicago fertility doctor Helen Kim.