Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) (cont.)
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How is primary ovarian insufficiency diagnosed?
The key signs of POI are:
If a woman is younger than age 40 and begins having irregular periods or stops having periods for 4 months or longer, her health care provider may take these steps to diagnose the problem:
The health care provider will also ask questions about a woman's medical history. He or she may ask about:
If they do not do tests to rule out POI, some health care providers might assume missed periods are related to stress.4 However, this approach is problematic because it will lead to a delay in diagnosis; further evaluation is needed.4
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