This topic contains information on ovarian failure before the age of 40 If you need information about the extinction of the normal ovarian function at the age of 50 years or symptoms that appear for a few years before.

Premature ovarian failure occurs when your ovaries containing and releasing the egg, cease to function until the age of 40 years. You can not contain eggs or their small number. Depending on the particular case of premature ovarian failure may develop in adolescence or the problem can be congenital.

Women with premature ovarian failure will likely have irregular menstrual cycles or amenorrhea, infertility and menopausal symptoms. Women with premature ovarian failure is very difficult, but it is possible to become pregnant.

Despite the fact that the exact cause premature fading of ovarian function is unknown, some women genetic factors or problems with the immune system may play a role. In case of violation of the immune sitemy the body attacks its own tissue - in this case the ovary.

Premature ovarian failure may occur after a hysterectomy or other abdominal operations, and after radiation or chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. In some cases, the disease may be temporary, in which the ovaries again begin to function normally after a few years.

The symptoms of premature ovarian failure are the same as in menopause. Your menstrual cycle may become irregular - you have periods in one month, but not in another - or they simply stop. You may also be all or some of the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes, night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, or trouble falling asleep.

If your periods become irregular or stopped, your doctor will examine you and ask questions about the general state of your health and that there are if you have other symptoms of premature ovarian failure. You will also do a pregnancy test and take a blood test to determine the possible causes of irregular menses.

In order to find out whether you have ovarian failure, you take the blood to determine the level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH gives a signal to your ovaries from releasing an egg each month. If FSH levels in the blood higher than normal for more than 1 day, you can have premature ovarian failure. The next blood test is done to determine the level of estradiol (or etrog). Very low levels of estrogen with a high FSH level indicates premature ovarian failure.

Some women find that they have premature ovarian failure at the doctor about the inability to get pregnant.