The loss of a woman’s normal ovary function before the age of 40 is medically diagnosed by Dr. Randy S. Morris as Premature Ovarian Failure. Fertility medications stimulating the ovaries to produce eggs is an ineffective treatment protocol. This condition is not permanent in all women, however, premature ovarian failure is a cause of infertility. Remission of the disease is possible, however, the best treatment for this medical condition is In Vitro Fertilization using donor eggs.
Premature Ovarian Failure Symptoms
Infertility is common when a woman’s ovaries don’t produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly. Some symptoms include:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
Treatment for Premature Ovarian Failure
- Hormone therapy
- Supplements to prevent osteoporosis
Women suffering from premature ovarian failure experience occasional or irregular period for years – although their chances of pregnancy are slim. This is to differentiate women with premature menopause, who stop having periods and cannot become pregnant.
Restoring estrogen levels in women with premature ovarian failure will help to prevent further medical conditions – such as osteoporosis.
Treating infertility resulting because of premature ovarian failure is another matter.
Tests and Diagnosis
Dr. Randy S. Morris will conduct thorough diagnostic testing for the presence of premature ovarian failure.
- Complete medical history
- Signs and symptoms
- Menstrual cycle regularity
- History of exposure to toxins, chemo, radiation therapies
- Pelvic examination
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Ovarian Reserve Testing
A very important test used by Dr. Morris to determine a woman’s ovarian reserve is a blood test known as FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Ovarian Reserve. Ovarian reserve is the capability of a woman to produce eggs.
FSH is a hormone produced in a gland near the pituitary. FSH is the key hormone responsible for the cyclical development of eggs each month. FSH levels rise when a woman becomes less capable of producing an egg resulting in conception. FSH levels increase as a woman ages.
Other measures of a woman’s ovarian reserve utilized by Dr. Morris include:
- Clomid Challenge Test
- Levels of AMH
- Ovarian Volume Assessment
- Ovarian Volume measured via ultrasound
- Antral Follicle Count determined via ultrasound
Treatments for Premature Ovarian Failure
Problems – like infertility – arising from premature ovarian failure are effectively treated by Dr. Randy S. Morris through:
- Estrogen Therapy
- Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using donor eggs
More About Premature Ovarian Failure Treatments
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