Premature ovarian failure is reduced function of the ovaries (including decreased production of hormones).
Ovarian hypofunction; Ovarian insufficiency
Premature ovarian failure may be caused by genetic factors such as chromosome abnormalities. It may also occur with certain autoimmune disorders that disrupt the normal function of the ovaries.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can also cause the condition to occur.
Women with premature ovarian failure may develop symptoms of menopause, which include:
This condition may also make it hard for a woman to become pregnant.
Estrogen therapy often helps relieve menopausal symptoms and prevents bone loss. However, it will not increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Fewer than 1 in 10 women with this condition will be able to get pregnant. The chance of getting pregnant increases to 50% when you use a fertilized donor egg (an egg from another woman).
Call your health care provider if:
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