Affecting approximately one percent of the female population, premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) can occur at nearly any time in life prior to typical menopause, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. It sometimes affects women who are still in their teens as well. Treatment for premature ovarian insufficiency is definitely available, although the exact type of medical care a person receives may depend on the cause of their POI. "For those facing cancer treatments, discussions with their oncologists about the effects of therapies on their ovaries and approaches to minimizing the chance of damage is important," says Dr. Lupi. "Fortunately, the field of fertility preservation techniques for those who want to keep the option of childbearing after therapy have evolved significantly in recent years."
The Signs of Premature Ovarian Failure
Dr. Carla Lupi, Professor and Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation, shares insights