The best treatment for Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is through egg donation, according to Dr. Laurence Jacobs. Fertility Centers of Illinois in Chicago offers a preeminent Egg Donation Program. Other treatments options for POF will result in a low chance for success.
Premature Ovarian Failure
Women suffering from Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) can significantly improve their chances of pregnancy through egg donation in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The complete failure of a woman’s ovaries results in a permanent cessation of her menstrual cycle. This is POF. Testing for ovarian reserve can be performed by analyzing hormone blood tests and observing the ovaries via ultrasound to determine antral follicle counts.
- FSH – Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
- AMH – Anti-Mullerian Hormone
Egg donation in conjunction with IVF is a procedure in which eggs are surgically removed from a donor and fertilized with sperm using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The resulting embryos are cultured in vitro for up to 5 days (blastocyst stage) before being transferred to the intended mother’s uterus.
Premature Ovarian Failure Diagnosis
POF only occurs in approximately 1 percent of young women. Egg donation is considered the best treatment option for women suffering from infertility due to POF. This condition has been known to result in spontaneous pregnancy is some cases. POF is not treated as early onset menopause and is not treated accordingly.
Medical researchers have not developed a method for creating new eggs or making existing eggs of a higher quality. However, hormone replacement therapies are available to treat symptoms resulting from low estrogen levels.
Symptoms of Premature Ovarian Failure
- Amenorrhea – the absence of a normal menstrual period
- Estrogen Deficiency – experiencing symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, vaginal dryness, mood swings, energy loss, low sex drive, painful sex, and bladder control problems
- Infertility – low chance of pregnancy
Fertility Specialist Treating Premature Ovarian Failure
If you are suffering from POF and want to use donated eggs in conjunction with IVF to become pregnant, schedule a consultation with fertility specialist, Dr. Laurence Jacobs.
Egg donation in conjunction with IVF is very similar to traditional IVF, with only slight variations.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs by clicking the icon below to schedule your appointment online – or – call 888.325.7389.