What is Premature Ovarian Failure?
Premature ovarian failure (POF) also known as premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a term to describe when a woman runs out of eggs early before the age of forty. With POI, a woman man not ovulate or ovulate less often, have higher blood levels of FSH and LH but still have regular periods. POI is different than menopause where the menstrual cycle stops entirely.
According to the National Institute of Health, POI is different than menopause. A woman who has gone through mesopause will never have another normal period and cannot get pregnant. A woman with POI may still have periods, even though they might not come regularly, and she may still get pregnant.
It is true that some women can go into premature ovarian failure even if they are normal reproductive age. This can be triggered by extreme stress or unknown causes. If it looks like your FSH, reflective of ovarian function, is increased and you have been told you are going into POI when you shouldn’t be, there may be ways to restore ovarian function.
Can You Reverse POI?
Medications in this case is NOT the answer. Natural medicines, botanicals, and modalities like acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, and other integrative approaches that target restoring ovarian function is the best intervention. It is possible to lower FSH and LH levels and create regular ovulation and menstrual cycles, improve ovarian function in women with POI and expand the window of opportunity for pregnancy.