Can I still get pregnant after being diagnosed with premature menopause, early menopause or primary/premature ovarian insufficiency?

Unless the ovaries have been surgically removed, it can be difficult to diagnose a woman younger than age 45 with “menopause” as opposed to primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Women with POI can have intermittent ovulation, which may or may not be accompanied by a menstrual bleed. Other women may be able to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization with egg donation. It is important to work with a fertility specialist to explore options.

Options available to you will vary depending on whether you have interest in having children in the future. In some cases, fertility may be restored and pregnancy could be possible. Assisted reproductive technology (ART), including in vitro fertilization (IVF) might be considered.

If you do not want to get pregnant while on hormone-replacement therapy, your doctor will talk to you about contraceptive options.

Talk to your healthcare provider about possible causes of premature or early menopause and your questions regarding fertility.

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