Primary ovarian insufficiency


In primary ovarian insufficiency, the ovaries don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly. Infertility is common, though it is possible a woman with this condition could get pregnant. This condition used to be called premature ovarian failure.


Symptoms include irregular periods, hot flashes and irritability.


Treatment includes hormone therapy and supplements to help prevent osteoporosis. In vitro fertilization using donor eggs may be an option for treating infertility.

Last Updated Oct 19, 2019

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