PERTH GYNAECOLOGIST FOR TEEN GIRLS | Dr Hunter, PAEDIATRIC GYNAECOLOGIST
Treating Premature Ovarian Insufficiency
When we talk about treating Premature Ovarian Insufficiency it's important to make a difference.
If fertility related function can not be restored, then your specialist can inform you about other ways to get pregnant.
In all cases, it's important to look at the possible consequences of low estrogen levels in your body, which can cause osteoporosis.
Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Treatment
If you have Ovarian Insufficiency, and fertility is your main focus, then it's worth talking to your specialist about In Vitro Fertilisation using donor eggs. The laboratory procedure involves fertilising donor eggs with your partner's sperm and the embryo, it is then placed in your uterus.
The loss of ovarian function may cause lots of emotions and it's important to seek help, support and counselling, if you need it.
The treatments for Ovarian Insufficiency will usually focus on the lack of estrogen hormone:
- Estrogen therapy
Estrogen helps you to maintain bone strength. Estrogen therapy can help prevent osteoporosis, which is the loss of bone strength. If you still have your uterus, then taking estrogen alone could create a risk for the lining of your uterus. Your specialist will typically prescribe progesterone with it, to protect the lining. This combination of hormones can cause vaginal bleeding, but it's important to know that doesn't mean your ovaries are working normally again. Treatment with hormones can be used until the age of 50 or 51, which is the average age for menopause.
Having good, clear and open communication about the female body, your cycle and your period, is a healthy start. Because it's definitely okay to talk about this. It helps to know that you can go to a nurturing and safe place to find help or advice. I am here to help you as a teenage girl, and I am here to help you if you are a parent of a teenage girl.
This treatment again focuses on the consequences of ovarian failure: low estrogen levels and risks of osteoporosis. You migh not get enough Calcium and Vitamin D in your diet, or from exposure to sunlight. So your doctor might recommend a bone density test before starting this treatment.
So what is Premature Ovarian Insufficiency?
Learn more about the causes and consequences of Premature Ovarian Failure or Insufficiency.
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