How Do You Know If You Are Experiencing Premature Menopause?
If you think you may have this condition, see your physician sooner rather than later. Many of the disorders that may cause these symptoms can be treated. If you do have premature menopause or POF (Premature Ovarian Failure), your treatment will be much more successful if begun early. For women who want to have children, the earlier they consult a reproductive endocrinologist, the more options they will have.
Take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire ™. Check off all the points that apply to you and take this list with you when you consult your physician.
|___ || You are a woman under 40.|
|___ || Your periods have become less regular and less frequent.|
|___ || Your periods have stopped for more than 3 months (and you are not pregnant).|
|___ || You are having hot flashes.|
|___ || You have night sweats that wake you from sleep.|
|___ || You are suddenly moody and irritable without causes that make sense to you or you have frequent mood swings.|
|___ || You have had chemotherapy or radiation.|
|___ || You (or someone in your family) have an autoimmune disorder: hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, Graves' disease, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, etc.|
|___ || You have a history of pituitary problems.|
|___ || You or someone in your family is deaf.|
|___ || Your mom or sister(s) went through early menopause.|
|___ || You have not been able to get pregnant despite having regular unprotected intercourse for more than a year.|
|___ || Your periods have not resumed after childbirth and you are no longer nursing.|
|___ || You stopped taking birth control pills and your periods have not resumed after 2 months.|
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Created: 9/22/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
If you do have premature menopause or POF (Premature Ovarian Failure), your treatment will be much more successful if begun early.