Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) Or Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI):
Premature ovarian failure is a term used for the condition when women under age 40 have stopped having periods, and have high FSH levels and low estrogen hormone levels. About half of young women with spontaneous premature ovarian failure have some eggs and follicles remaining in the ovary. These women can sometimes ovulate (and even get pregnant) after the diagnosis is made. Therefore, some doctors prefer the term "primary ovarian insufficiency", or POI - as opposed to "failure" which implies a totally menopausal situation.
Common Symptoms of Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) or Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is:
► A lack of menstrual bleeding,
► Feeling tired in the late afternoon (3 - 5) with a pickup around 6
► Short cycles
► Early ovulation or no ovulation
► Perhaps chilling easily
► Perhaps signs of heat inside with hot flashes and night sweats
► Vaginal dryness
When you feel as if you’re going through the menopause, it may not come as a surprise when your doctor tells you that you are exhibiting those signs. When the symptoms of menopause begin, it’s because your ovaries are tired and your hormonal communication is confused.
FSH is a hormone released by the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of follicles in your ovaries. If your ovaries don’t seem to be responding to the normal level of FSH, your pituitary gland will tell your Follicle Stimulating Hormone to put out higher levels in an effort to get those follicles growing.
Consequences of High FSH:
The ovaries respond to these higher levels of FSH by giving out an even stronger signal that they are not going to react. FSH's job is to knock of the doors of the ovaries and tell them to "make follicles". When FSH is in overdrive it is as if too many telemarketers are knocking on the ovaries' doors. The ovaries just want peace and quiet so they refuse to answer the knock on the door.
Hormones react to each other and give and take feedback with the brain. So if there are events that throw off this communication then everything goes awry.
► Estrogen (Estradiol) may be Very Low
► If FSH is high then your levels of estrogen become lower.
►The opposite is also true. If your estrogen is high then your FSH will be low.
Why is Estrogen Affected?
Good ovarian health depends on good communication between hormones. If those hormones start to act and / or interact in an unexpected way, then all of the hormones get confused and everything gets chaotic.
Consequences of Low Estrogen:
When the estrogen production is reduced then the follicles don’t have enough time to fully develop, so there is no chance for conception. Even if there was a chance, the low levels of estrogen allow the uterine lining to become too thin for implantation.
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH):
When your tests show that this hormone is lower than it should be, it indicates that the cocoon that holds all of your undeveloped eggs is depleted and not able to function.
Consequences of Low AMH:
The bottom line is that fewer eggs come forward. You may have many eggs waiting for the chance to develop but the environment they need to grow in has been depleted.
Why We May Offer You Hope?
The great secret and the great gift of Medicine is that it is the study of the body’s energy and the study of the internal energetic interactions between organ systems.
Our Medicine has helped people to regain dynamic energy for thousands of years. One of the reasons it has been so successful is that it recognizes that you are unique. For instance, you and your friend may both have been diagnosed with POF - but you always feel cold and she is overheating with hot flashes.
These symptoms are different and require different approaches.
►A lack of menstrual bleeding tells us there is deficiency of blood and energy.
The most energy is produced in the digestive system. The energy you run on is produced little tiny organelles inside every cell in your body (mitochondria). In our Medicine the digestive system becomes a manufacturing plant for making the blood and energy you need for a healthy menses.
Natural Medicine advises taking the right herbal formulas and eating foods that will help to build blood so that you can recommence the production of the levels of blood that you need for a healthy menses.
►Feeling tired especially in the late afternoon. This is an important symptom indicating a low reproductive energy. This symptom normally disappears in a month.
►The low sexual fluids are another important symptom. We call this fluid Yin. Essence is a clear fluid in the body that keeps the organs supple, flexible and youthful. If this is low with the right program you will see an increase quickly.
►If the cervical mucus and sexual fluids are low it is like the coolant in the car being low. Your body will overheat. Hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats may appear.
►If you tend to chill easily it can easily be related to a low overall energy.
Expect and Manage Changes:
As your body changes, your formulas should change and this will help your odds for success.
Two changes that you will definitely notice as you are getting closer to success are that
►You will have more energy
►You will feel calmer.
Miracles Can and Do Happen:
As your overall energy and vitality increase and the supply of Yin Blood is also enhanced, miracles can and do happen.