Primary ovarian insufficiency is a condition in which the ovaries stop producing eggs and female hormones before the age of 40.
Signs and symptoms of primary ovarian insufficiency include
- irregular menstrual cycles (irregular or skipped periods),
- infertility (difficulty getting pregnant),
- night sweats,
- hot flashes,
- mood changes or difficulty concentrating, and
- dry eyes.
Other associated symptoms can include a decrease in sexual desire and vaginal dryness that may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable.
Causes of Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
There are a number of potential causes of the condition, but some cases may occur without a known cause. Known causes of primary ovarian insufficiency can include genetic conditions, chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer, autoimmune disease, or exposure to toxins or poisons.
Other primary ovarian insufficiency symptoms and signs
- Decrease in Sexual Desire
- Dry Eyes
- Hot Flashes
- Infertility (Difficulty Getting Pregnant)
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles (Irregular or Skipped Periods)
- Mood Changes or Difficulty Concentrating
- Night Sweats
- Vaginal Dryness
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