Presenting the most current and relevant information on the diagnosis and management of primary ovarian insufficiency, also known as premature ovarian failure (POI/POF), this book presents two equally important voices. The first is the scientific, evidence-based voice discussing the latest information on POI/POF in a concise and logical fashion: etiologies, symptoms, genetics, mechanisms, associated conditions, as well as psychological and lifestyle considerations. The second voice presents the first-person stories of affected women, who are often faced with a diagnosis of irreversible infertility at a very young age and who somehow learn to live with great uncertainty about their ability to create a family - a core identity issue for many women. It is thus not simply a clinical, case-based presentation, but a more collaborative effort between clinicians who are well-versed in the field and women who have POI/POF. Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: A Clinical Guide to Early Menopause will therefore be an excellent practical yet personal reference for OB/GYNs, reproductive medicine specialists, and any clinician, nurse or health care worker treating women living with POI/POF.
Defining Menopause: What Is Early, What Is Late.- Etiologies of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency.- Signs and Symptoms of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency.- Diagnosis of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency.- Mechanisms for Infertility Associated with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency and Failure.- Non-Reproductive Associations with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency and Failure.- Non-Invasive Methods for Enhancing Ovarian Function.- IVF and Egg Donation in Women with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency and Failure.- Treatment-Independent Conception in Premature Ovarian Insufficiency and Failure.- Mood Matters in Women with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency and Failure.- Future Shock: Can the Ovary Replenish Its Egg Supply?- When Pregnancy Is Not the Issue: Hormone Therapy and Long-Term Health Management.