Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (or Premature Menopause) is a difficult and little understood diagnosis for infertility with ramifications for your general health as well as for your fertility. We talk with Dr. Alex Quaas, a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with Reproductive Partners of San Diego and an Associate Professor at UCSD.
In this episode, we cover:
- What is Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)?
- Is there a difference between the labels/diagnoses – Primary Ovarian Insufficiency, Premature Ovarian Failure, Premature Menopause?
- What are the symptoms (other than an inability to get pregnant)?
- Is there a decrease in egg quality and increase chromosomal abnormalities?
- How is POI diagnosed?
- How does the diagnosis differ from PCOS?
- What causes primary ovarian insufficiency?
- Is there any correlation between POI and taking Accutane (a treatment for acne) as a teen?
- Is there a link between premature ovarian failure and the HPV vaccine (Gardasil or Cervarix)?
- Can losing one ovary lead to Primary Ovarian Insufficiency?
- Are those with autoimmune diseases more susceptible to POI?
- Can IVF lead to Primary Ovarian Insufficiency? Is there any evidence that aggressive stimulation of the ovaries during a typical IVF cycle can contribute to POI?
- How effective is IVF with woman with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency?
- What are the odds of a spontaneous pregnancy for a woman with POI?
- What is the role of the infertility nurse in helping women with POI?
- Is there a medical way to slow down the diminution of ovarian egg reserves?
- Are their lifestyle choices that contribute to POI or contribute to increasing a woman’s ovarian reserves?
- Are there supplements or vitamins that help improve fertility for women with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency?
- Has alternative medical approaches or Eastern Medicine been effective with increasing fertility for women with POI?
- What are the other health implications for women with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency?
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