Premature Ovarian Failure - Topic Overview
How is it treated?
Treatment for premature ovarian
failure will help you manage your symptoms. But there is currently no treatment
that will make the ovaries start to work properly again. Your doctor may
prescribe hormone therapy or other medicines to help with hot
flashes. Hormone therapy can also help prevent early bone loss in
women who have premature ovarian failure. Talk to your doctors about which
treatments may be right for you.
Some women with premature ovarian
failure may choose to try to become pregnant using donor eggs and
in vitro fertilization. For more on this treatment,
see the topic
Finding out you have
premature ovarian failure can be extremely upsetting, especially for a woman
who hopes to become pregnant. You may want to get support through counseling.
You also can find information and support through the Premature Ovarian Failure
Support Group, available online at www.pofsupport.org.
Can premature ovarian failure be prevented?
this time, there is no way to prevent premature ovarian failure. But you can
take steps to protect your overall health. Women with premature ovarian failure
have a higher risk of bone thinning and fractures (osteoporosis),
diabetes, and heart disease. A balanced and low-fat
diet, regular exercise, and not smoking can help protect your bones and heart.
Getting enough calcium and vitamin D may help slow bone loss. Talk to your
doctor about other steps you can take.