Premature Ovarian Failure Symptoms

Irregular periods are often the first of the premature ovarian failure symptoms to be noticed in women under age 40. Other premature ovarian failure symptoms include those similar to natural menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and vaginal dryness.

Premature Ovarian Failure Symptoms: An Overview

Of all the premature ovarian failure symptoms, the one that's commonly noticed first is having irregular periods. Healthcare providers sometimes dismiss irregular or skipped periods (called amenorrhea) as being related to stress, but a woman's monthly cycle is actually an important sign of her health -- just like blood pressure or temperature. If you have irregular periods or skip periods, you should tell your healthcare provider so he or she can determine the cause of these problems.

Other Premature Ovarian Failure Symptoms

Some women with premature ovarian failure also experience other symptoms. These premature ovarian failure symptoms are similar to those experienced by women who are going through natural menopause and include (but are not limited to):
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Pain during sex
  • Drying of the vagina
  • Infertility.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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