5 Signs You May Be Suffering From POF (Premature Ovarian Failure)

There are a whole host ofhealth issues that women may face over the years, and one of themis premature ovarian failure (POF). When that occurs, a woman’s ovaries stop working before she is 40 years old. Although the symptoms of POF can be similar to those of menopause, the condition is not the same as menopause or premature menopause. That is partly because with POF, a woman can stil have menstrual periods occasionally and can stil get pregnant. That said, fertility treatments are usually required for a woman to become pregnant while she has POF.

Here are five of the main signs that you may be suffering from POF:

Missed periods

Missing menstrual periods, also known as amenorrhea, is typically the first symptomor sign of POF to appear. Some of the signs that occur after that tend to be similar to those that occur during natural menopause.

Hot flashes

Hot flashes occur in many women during perimenopause and menopause, and they can also occur when a woman is coping with POF. Night sweats often occur during the same time period that hot flashes occur from POF.

Vaginal dryness

Another sign that POF is occurring is vaginal dryness. This is yet another symptomthat can also occur during menopause.

Decreased sex drive

Because of the changes that occur with POF, sex drive can diminish. Another sexual problemthat can occur as a sign of POF is pain during sex.

Cognitive symptoms

Cognitive symptoms are additional signs that a woman is suffering from POF. For example, poor concentration and brain fog are not uncommon.

There are definitely ways to address POF, but that does require the help of a skilled and qualified practitioner. Some of the treatments that can help include hormone replacement therapy, calciumsupplements, vitamin D supplements and routine exercise. Maintaining a healthy body weight is also important. It can be difficult to go through POF, and emotional support can help women cope.

The first step with POF is to determine whether a woman actually has it. Having the signs and symptoms described here does not provide a definitive diagnosis, as a qualified health practitioner would need to thoroughly assess the situation and then provide a diagnosis.

If you or a loved one is suffering fromthe signs of POF and want to know whether that is actually the health issue that is occurring, or if you just need more information about POF and possible treatments, please feel free to contact Metropolitan Women’s Center. We are happy to schedule a consultation with you, and we make it convenient to book either online or by calling 703-214-4636.

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