Premature Ovarian Failure Information

Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a condition in which the ovaries stop functioning normally in a woman under the age of 40. Irregular periods are often the first noticeable symptom of this condition. Other symptoms include those similar to natural menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood changes.
Treatment often involves hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although it is difficult for women with premature ovarian failure to become pregnant, between 5 percent and 10 percent of women with the condition become pregnant without treatment.
(For more information, including details on how this condition differs from premature menopause, click Premature Ovarian Failure.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD