Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure

Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure

Premature Ovarian Failure (POF), also known as Ovarian Hypofunction, is defined as a loss of normal ovarian function before the age of 40. Some people think that POF is premature menopause, but menopause is a natural process the female body goes through as it ages. During menopause a woman’s body will gradually, over many years, stop producing mature follicles (eggs) for ovulation. Estrogen and progesterone levels naturally decline causing the menstrual cycle to come less often until eventually it stops. The normal age range for women to naturally go through menopause is 45-55, with the average mean age of 51.

Unlike menopause, POF is not a naturally occurring process for a woman’s body. There are different reasons a woman may be diagnosed with POF; these are broken down into two categories: follicle dysfunction and follicle depletion.

Throughout a woman’s life her ovaries contain thousands of follicles, and these follicles contain eggs. The pituitary gland begins releasing FSH at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and the release of FSH signals some of the follicles in the ovary to begin maturing. As the follicles begin to mature they are supposed to release and increase estrogen over time. The rising estrogen level signals the pituitary gland to curb the release of FSH. If the follicles do not mature, the body continues producing FSH and the FSH levels remain high. Women with POF show high levels of FSH. This is why the doctors perform FSH tests, to see if the levels are too high. In a normal functioning follicle, the estrogen levels rise and signal the pituitary gland to release Lutenizing Hormone (LH). LH signals the follicle to open and release the mature egg at ovulation. When the delicate communication between the pituitary gland, the ovaries and the follicles does not work properly, ovulation does not occur.

Let’s look at different reasons POF may happen under those categories.

Follicle Dysfunction

Follicle dysfunction happens when your follicles are not responding properly. Here are some possible causes…

Autoimmune Disorders: An autoimmune disease happens infrequently, but is on the rise. Autoimmune diseases in some cases may damage follicles; by the woman’s body producing antibodies that attack the ovaries and in turn may harm and damage the follicles. Doctors are not sure why this occurs, but some say it may be due to an exposure to a virus. When a follicle becomes damaged it can no longer produce estrogen properly which is the key hormone it releases to communicate with the pituitary gland.

The use of Systemic Enzymes may prove effective in helping with autoimmune disorders.

Follicle Depletion: This is defined as low or few follicles responding to the signal of the FSH being released. These follicles still exist in the body, they just don’t communicate. Over time they begin to die off and diminish as the entire reproductive system begins to suffer. The communication and proper function of the reproductive system is fragile, one that depends on all of its parts to operate accurately to maintain vitality. If the follicles do not mature, ovulation stops happening and the menstrual cycle becomes irregular or stops completely. When this happens the muscles in the uterus and ovaries begin to atrophy.

Causes of follicle depletion

  • Environmental toxins including pesticides, herbicides, cigarette smoke, pollutants, chemicals
  • Exposure to a virus
  • Chromosomal defects, including Turner’s Syndrome and X syndrome
  • Genetic predisposition, this may run in some families, accounting for 10% of POF cases
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are some of the leading causes of POF and follicle depletion

While we cannot control genetic factors, or situations where we have had to make hard decisions like choosing chemotherapy or radiation to fight other health problems, we can work toward avoiding toxins. Here are some tips for avoiding toxins…

    1. Buy organic foods whenever possible! Non-organic foods often contain pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics. Though we may want to deny the facts, it is stated on many medical based websites like the Mayo Clinic’s state that toxins play a role in POF.

    2. Avoid using pesticides or herbicides in your yard, garden or surrounding areas.

    3. Avoid synthetic-chemical-loaded-mainstream body products including make-up.

    4. Avoid using feminine products that are not made from organic cotton, contain plastic or are made from rayon.

    5. Drink filtered water, avoid tap water.

Symptoms of POF

Symptoms of POF are similar to those of menopause, but may be more extreme.

  • Irregular periods (Note: other conditions such as PCOS also have this symptom)
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Brain fog – inability or difficulty in focusing
  • Irritability
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Low libido

All of these symptoms are similar to other fertility issues, which makes self diagnosis incredibly difficult. If you have missed your period for over 3 months and are over the age of 35, you may want to talk to your doctor about testing for POF. I don’t want to scare any of you, but it is important when dealing with fertility issues to have a good solid diagnosis so that you can know where to go from there; a starting point in options.

How is POF Diagnosed?

POF is usually diagnosed by having your estrogen and FSH levels tested. Extremely low levels of estradiol (estrogen) and high levels of FSH are signs that the ovaries are no longer responding to the FSH signal to the follicles to produce and increase estrogen levels.

Ultrasound imaging may be helpful in that it can show if the ovary is the right size and shape. This kind of scan may help to see the follicle count and if the ovary is atrophied.

There is also a blood test that measures the levels of AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) also known as MIS ( Mullerian Inhibiting Substance) which is produced directly by the follicles. AMH levels correlate with how many antral follicles are in the ovaries. Women with low levels of AMH typically have low levels of follicles.

What if I have already been diagnosed with POF?

First off, I would like to say that my heart goes out to you, this can be a devastating diagnosis. It is pretty much a consensus across the board that POF is a difficult condition to properly diagnose. If you have already been given a diagnosis of POF it is important to have clear communication with your doctor about the tests you have been given for this conclusion. A definitive diagnosis of POF usually means that you will have extreme difficulty getting pregnant; though women with POF may still become pregnant, so do not give up hope if you have not yet had a child because it could still happen.

Natural Ways to Support the Body In the Prevention of Premature Ovarian Failure

Remember, these will only help in supporting the body’s natural functions and cannot cure POF or prevent POF from happening if there is a genetic factor or chromosomal defects. Focusing on Improving Egg Health, nourishing the endocrine system and maintaining optimum health of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are vital. Below are some ways to support all of these important parts of fertility.

Natural Fertility Diet
Nutrition plays a big roll when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. The building blocks for hormones are found in the foods we eat. Antioxidants which help to protect the eggs and tissues of the reproductive system are found in the foods that we eat. What we eat each day is the foundation for our health and those foods have a great impact on our fertility. Eating a whole foods based fertility diet is the first step to helping the body and your fertility function at its best.

Maca
Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance). This superfood works to protect the body from the damaging effects of stress, supports egg health and has been shown to increase libido.

Shatavari
Shatavari is an Indian herb that has been used for thousands of years in the healing practice of Ayurveda. Its main constituent is steroidal saponins, giving rise to the conclusion that Shatavari has the ability to act as an estrogen modulator that may help regulate the menstrual cycle. This herb has adaptogenic and immuno-modulating properties, meaning it may be helpful with women who have stress related or immune-mediated fertility issues.

Vitex
Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop), correcting the problem at the source. Vitex, also known as chaste tree berry, is usually the first line of defense in a woman who is experiencing irregular periods, helping to regulate communication of the entire reproductive system.

Royal Jelly
Regular consumption of high-quality Royal Jelly has been shown to help balance hormones. This makes it beneficial to those individuals that suffer from a hormonal imbalance, as it helps to provide support to the endocrine system. It can also help with problems that are related to hormonal imbalance, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome or irregular menstrual cycles. Some studies have shown that Royal Jelly has the propensity to mimic human estrogen, which can help those that suffer from low estrogen levels. Royal Jelly is rich in amino acids, lipids, sugars, vitamins, and most importantly, proteins. It contains high levels of vitamins D and E, and also has ample levels of iron and calcium, all of which are essential to proper health and organ function.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy
Systemic enzymes have been shown to greatly reduce an over-active immune response, the activity in some people’s bodies in which antibodies attack with intent to destroy our own tissues or that of another person’s (sperm or a fetus).

Self Fertility Massage
This type of massage may promote hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop, increasing circulation to the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, bringing fresh, oxygenated, and nutrient rich blood to the eggs, improving uterine tone, as well as aiding in the body’s elimination of toxins. Self Fertility Massage can be performed on yourself in the comfort of your home.

Exercise
A sedentary, inactive lifestyle does not promote an environment with which to naturally cleanse the body of excess hormones and toxins. Exercise gets our hearts beating faster which in turn pumps more fresh oxygenated blood to the entire body; mainly our vital organs – each playing a vital role in our body functioning properly. This increase in circulation also helps with the elimination of toxins. Additionally, exercise increases body temperature triggering the sweat glands to produce sweat to cool us down. Sweat is another way our bodies remove toxins. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.

Closing Thoughts

It is never too late to begin to think about the future of our health. Premature Ovarian Failure shows us how intricately connected our reproductive system is connected with our brain and entire body and how environmental toxins play a huge role in infertility. Now is the time to work toward supporting the entire body’s health for the future by supporting its natural functions through diet, exercise, clean water and supportive natural therapies.


References:
– Aniruddha, M., M.D. (8/27/2010). Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) and Infertility. Retrieved online from: http://www.wellsphere.com/general-medicine-article/premature-ovarian-failure-pof-and-infertility/1207769
– Mayo Clinic. (12/31/2008). Premature Ovarian Failure. Retrieved online from: www.mayoclinic.com/health/premature-ovarian-failure/DS00843
– Loes. M. M.D.(H.). (2010). The New Aspirin Alternative – The natural way to overcome chronic pain, reduce inflammation and enhance the healing response. Freedom Press.
– Romm, Aviva. (2010). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone.

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  1. Hello, i am 17 years old and I have been diagnosed with POF and I have never had a period EVER. I was wondering if I would ever stop growing I am already 5’10” and I really do not want to be any taller. I do not know if you could answer but I thought it would not hurt to try!

    • Hello Amanda!

      I am sorry to hear of the challenges you are faced with. Some girls are tall… that’s just how we are 😉 (I am too!). That said, we recommend anyone interested in natural therapies under the age of 18 work with a natural health care practitioner in conjunction with their medical doctor. This is important because as a teen you are still developing in many ways, including hormonally, a medical doctor is able to properly test your to understand why you have POF and are growing so. Talk to your parents about finding a practitioner to work with.

      We cannot suggest our products because there are too many changes taking place in their developing bodies. Consider learning more in our guide Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices.

      All my best!

  2. Hello. I love this site! I’ve changed my entire way of eating and caring for myself bc of you guys. I am almost 36. Doc saw one antral follicle when he did an ultrasound. I don’t know my fsh levels as we are still waiting. AMH was 0.89 I have tried to determine if that is bad or terribly bad. My RE is not good. I am looking for another. I also have one blocked fallopian tube. Can I get pregnant naturally? I am taking vitex, maca, dhea, ubiquinol and found serrapeptase along with castor oil packs and massages. Is there anything else I can do? Is IVF my only option. Seems like that is what my doc is hinting at.

    • Dear Carmen,

      We are so glad our site has been helpful! Good for you for searching for another RE as well. You are entitled to work with a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable and supported.

      Your program sounds well-rounded. How long have you been on it? The thing you can also be doing is tracking ovulation. Are you tracking ovulation? With one healthy, functioning fallopian tube conception may be able to happen the months from which ovulation occurs from the ovary on that side. Ovulation is an event that alternates from ovary to ovary (side to side).

      It may also be helpful to learn natural ways to support healthy AMH levels. Our guide to AMH, Ovarian Reserve, & Continued Follicle Production share more.

      I also want to add that we feel it is best to use DHEA under the supervision of a healthcare provider. DHEA can convert improperly in the body and contribute to hormonal imbalance. Consider learning more here: DHEA and Your Natural Fertility.

      I hope this is helpful! We want every woman to have hope and have seen amazing results from those committed to their programs and changing their fertility health.

  3. Hi, I’m wondering if is it ok to take maca and or fertiligreens to aid in thickening the uterus lining even if you are on the pill?

    I’m 32, on the pill for POF but preparing for IVF from a donor egg. I also have a cyst on my ovary which the doctor said is nothing to worry about.

    Thanks!

    • Dear Allie,

      FertiliGreens is a great way to boost nutrient levels in preparation for IVF and can be used, but we suggest again combining Maca with fertility medications. If taking fertility medications or undergoing a procedure you should not combine herbs with your medications.

      Best wishes!

  4. I am 31 years old and diagnosed with POF. I have tried Allopathy and ended up with side effects but no permanent cure. I am looking out for alternate medication like Ayurveda or Homeopath. Which one do you suggest and who is the best doctor available to cure this? Please help me out.

    • Dear Varshini,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! We have a Natural Fertility Specialist who is a practicing clinical herbalist with whom you can work one on one through our Fertility Consultation program.

      She creates lifestyle programs that include dietary and stress management tips, as well as the best herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies she feels will best help your body relearn balance. She may include suggestions for Ayurvedic herbs and/or homeopathic remedies, but has a traditional Western herbal approach. We are not able to make doctor referrals.

      I hope you will consider a Fertility Consultation!

  5. Thank you for this very informative article. I have just got my AMH tested and it is low. Does this mean I already have POF? Can I still do something about it? I am 43, cycling regularly, but with little bleeding. I also have low oestrogen, low progesterone, low testosterone. Also low growth hormone. I have Hashimotos, endometriosis, hypothyroidism. Thanks so much for any help.

    • Hi Nia,

      Thank you for contacting us. A woman is only diagnosed with POF if she is under the age of 40. POF is different than perimenopause and menopause. After the age of 40, it is natural for follicle count to be much lower (AMH levels are tested to help determine this), in fact follicle count begins to dramatically decline around the age of 35, on average. I think this section of our article Preparing for Pregnancy Over 40, will be helpful for you to understand what may be happening with your body. The other health conditions you have may also be contributing to your low hormone levels and declining fertility.

      If you are trying to get pregnant, based on the information you have shared, I would suggest you look into our private fertility consultations, which you can learn more about here: http://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/Articles.asp?ID=337

      I hope this helps you!

  6. I was diagnosed with POF about 3 weeks ago (FSH 85) and I am 30. I am waiting on the second blood test answers to know for sure but my OB seems pretty confident this is what is going on. This is really the only website I’ve been able to find any information (thank you). I was thinking about taking some vitamins along with the Fertility diet. I just don’t want to take too many. Which ones are my best option or can I take them all together: Shatavari, Ultragreen supplement (as I cannot juice), Vitex, Bee Well (Royal Jelly, Propolis, & Beepollen), & Maca. I just want to do everything I can to try and be able to carry my biological baby. Any and all information would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Jessie,

      I like your attitude – move forward! What you have listed can be taken together – Shatavari, FertiliGreens (formerly UltraGreens), Vitex, bee products and Maca. That is a lot of supplements, but you could dump out the capsules of the herbs into your morning smoothy with FertiliGreens. Sometimes you can find the herbs in a loose powder, our Fertilica Maca Powder is loose and organic. You could also used liquid extracts of the herbs, as well.

      If you are looking for specific guidance tailored to your needs, you may want to consider booking a fertility consultation with us.

      Wishing you all the best!

  7. I was diagnosed with POF a year ago because I have a very high FSH level. I am only 36 and I don’t have a baby yet. My menstrual cycle has become irregular since the age of 34. My last menstruation was March 2015. I feel worried because we wanted to have a baby. I have been married for 9 years now. Please help me know if there are natural way to get my cycle back. I am working in an office from 8am-5pm, often stressed and don’t have time to exercise. Thanks!

    • Dear Emily,

      High stress levels and not exercising have the potential to effect menstrual cycle health, as does a fertility health issue like POF. Consider rereading this very article for guidance and to learn how we feel it best to naturally support ovarian health.

      Regarding stress, research shows that stress boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which inhibits the body’s main sex hormone GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) in turn suppressing ovulation and desire for sexual activity, contributing hormone balance and even low sperm count. It is important to work to lower stress levels. The article Stress and Your Fertility is a great resource for ways to do this.

      Now about exercise, there is a pendulum of either exercising to much or not enough when it comes to supporting fertility health. I know it can be hard to find time, but you have to. One of the best exercises is walking. Take time to read the article Exercise and Infertility: The Goldilocks Conundrum to understand the right amount of exercise for optimal fertility.

      If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation.

      Best wishes!

  8. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately, because it has been a VERY long time since I had my last period. It’s been so long that I can’t even remember when my last one was, though I know it was definitely over a year ago. I never had regular ones, just very irregular periods. I am still a teen, so my mom kept saying this was normal for me, but I feel like I need to get it checked out. I am 17, I’m not stressed, I don’t excessively exercise, and I’m a healthy weight. So what could be causing my secondary amenorrhea? I don’t know if this is important, but my breast have seem to become less dense/smaller lately, I know it sounds weird, but could that help tell me what’s causing this? Thanks!

    • Dear Layla,

      It is great that you are educating yourself and seeking answers. We recommend anyone interested in natural therapies under the age of 18 work with a natural health care practitioner in conjunction with their medical doctor.

      As a teen, your are still developing in many ways, including hormonally. We cannot suggest our products because there are too many changes taking place in their developing bodies.

      Learn more in the article Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices.

      All my best!

  9. Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) – Are the follicles referred to in this article the same as the hair follicles named (cilia) which is used to move the egg through the fallopian tubes?

    • Dear Joann,

      Great question! Thank you for asking!

      Cilia are hair-like, but not the same as hairs that grow from hair follicles on other parts of the body. The cilia of the fallopian tube are attached to the cells of the lining of the fallopian tube, move the egg along inside the fallopian tube, and may not grow back when damaged.

      The follicles in the ovary that contain an egg that may one day be ovulated, are not the same as the cilia within the fallopian tube.

  10. I just stumbled across your website today as I was researching hormonal imbalances. I have had a hormonal imbalance since my period started at 14! Acne, heavy periods, hot flashes. I am 37 now. I have never been diagnosed with anything but my mom (ob/gyn nurse) has suggested POF. I have so many symptoms of menopause yet I have never missed a period. I have been blessed with 4 kids (miracles) after struggling with infertility. My blood work always comes back in normal limits but my estrogen is always very low and my FSH is a bit high (but still in limits). I’m so frustrated and so tired of these awful symptoms. Can I still have POF even though my blood tests are “normal”?

    • Dear Laura,

      I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and challenges!

      While test results has come back within the “normal” range and test parameters, levels are still at the low end and high end as you shared which can result in symptoms and indicate hormonal imbalance. Low estrogen and high FSH levels are indicators that the ovaries are not functioning optimally.

  11. I was told a year ago at age 38 that my AMH was 0.12 and I have subclinical Hashimoto’s. My fiance and I immediately started trying for a first child for us both; got pregnant after only 2 months of trying and promptly had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. Since then no pregnancies. I’ve had an ultra sound every month since Sept and been told I have between 1-5 antral follicles in each ovary every month. But every other cycle I have an LH surge but no progesterone surge. This month, doc saw a dominant follicle in left ovary on CD 9, but on CD 15, progesterone level was about 2. Why am I not ovulating? What can I do? I’m seeing an acupuncturist and taking DHEA, etc… Thank you in advance!

    • Dear Julie,

      I am so sorry for your loss!

      To understanding why anovulation occurs and how to prevent it from happening, take time to read the article Getting Ovulation Back on Track. The article 5 Simple Ways to Promote Regular Ovulation may be helpful as well.

      I can not know exactly why this is happening to you. It would be best to speak with your Acupuncturist or someone who can guide you in taking any herbs, nutritional supplement or natural therapy you are interested in to your current program given you are using supplements already. We offer this guidance through a Fertility Consultation if interested in working one on one with a fertility herbalist.

      All my best!

  12. Hello. I have been dealing with being told that I have a low ovarian reserve for the last year and was doing fine with it until I read your article. The doctors never said exactly that I have POF, but my AMH score showed that my ovaries just aren’t producing much. I’ve had to mentally wash away any self blame for my condition, and accept that IVF was necessary for me. My doctors actually told me that my body is normal for my age (39) and they said that my body is doing what it is supposed to do, and really nothing is wrong. After reading your article however, I feel worse about my situation. Is it truly accurate to say that it is not “normal” for a woman’s ovarian function to decline?

    • Dear Samantha,

      I am sorry that this article made you feel bad. That is not the intent. Our goal is to educate and empower women (couples) through the research we do and our experiences with a number of clients. We have learned that isn’t normal for a woman’s ovaries to stop functioning prior to the average age of 40, or for a woman to go through menopause prior to the average age of 40. We do know and understand that each woman’s case differs and that this is not true for every woman younger than 40.

      If your doctor says your ovarian reserve and egg health is normal and being that you are nearing the age of 40, this may be normal for you. After the age of 35 follicle count and health declines naturally. The average age in which a woman is considered to have POF is 40, but that is a generalization and used by medical doctors.

      All our best to you!

  13. Thank you for this article, it gave me so much hope. I had my first child in 2011 and during the pregnancy period i developed lupus which is an autoimmune disease. After delivery i was put on cyclophosphomide for about 1year which caused my POF. I have stopped taking it for almost two years now. I did an FSH test last year and it was about 220, which is quite high. So my question now is what can i do to get it low? I am actually on medications to stimulate a period, without it i do not menstruate. I have not had a natural period since i gave birth and we want a second baby. Please where do i go from here? Thank you

    • Dear Rosemarie,

      Thank you for your praise! I am thankful this article was helpful.

      Given there are a variety of factors at play in being able to conceive naturally and with your fertility health, the very best way we can serve you is through a Fertility Consultation.

      Through a Fertility Consultation, you will submit your comprehensive intake form, including fertility history, your 3 detailed questions and overall goal for your fertility and within 5 business days one of our Master Herbalists will review, layout and explain each step of your consultation, and email your program to you as a PDF with a live link to an audio recording to save and review as often as you need.

      I hope you will consider this invaluable experience.

  14. Hi! I came across your site by accident. Glad that I did ☺. I have been diagnosed with POF recently (still doing tests to understand what may have caused it). I’m 30, I have a 3-yr-old son, and everything was fine with my menstrual cycle up until 12 months ago when I was diagnosed with depression (my last period was early January, started tablets 2wks later). Ever since then I’ve had nothing, no period. My question is, is there anyone else out there that has experienced the same thing? If so, what was the outcome? (We’re hoping to try for a second child)

    • Dear Mel,

      Thank you for trusting us with a bit of your story and I am sorry you have been faced with these challenges.

      I am not certain how quickly you will receive replies from others via this comments section. Consider joining The Natural Fertility Community to reach out more effectively to many others on the journey toward healthy fertility.

      Depression and stress (as you now know) have a substantial impact on fertility health. Below are three articles that discuss each topic that may be helpful for you…

      The Natural Guide to Infertility and Depression
      Can Medications for Depression and Anxiety Affect Fertility?
      Stress and Your Fertility

      When you say, “started tablets 2 weeks later”, what tablets are these? I hope that this article, Understanding Premature Ovarian Failure, has offered insight into how to best naturally support healthy ovarian function given this diagnosis. If you wish for personalized guidance on how to do this, consider a Fertility Consultation with our master fertility herbalist. She is happy to guide you in the best natural fertility program for your specific needs.

      Take care!

  15. I am so glad I came across your site.

    I have actually been having menstrual issues since i was about 16yrs. Heavy bleeding 2wks straight then, to irregular periods later on, then cysts, I can say my Ovaries (right especially) has been giving one concern or the other since I can remember.
    Now I have been diagnosed with POF or Hyperprolactineamia??? In my case, my LH is on the high side and my estrogen is VERY low. I have discomforts in area of my right ovary and my periods are now 2wks late each time. I am generally irritable, get into moods in a flash, and have bouts of depression! The good thing is I am blessed with 4 kids at 36yrs. My doc wants me to do a hormonal assay again to confirm

  16. Hi, I have come across this website by chance & I am so glad I did. I am worried I have POF, I am 7 days late with my period, which is very unusual, i am usually 28 days cycle. Reading that POF can happen due to autoimmune disorders I am really worried as I had 2 bouts of stomach bugs in October. I had my period at the end of Oct, but nothing since then, could these two events be linked?

    • Dear Penny,

      I am sorry you are worried! Could you be pregnant?

      Stomach bugs are not autoimmune disorders. An autoimmune disorder is “a disease in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues, leading to the deterioration and in some cases to the destruction of such tissue” (Grave’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatiod Arthritis and Type 1 Diabetes are just a few of many autoimmune disorders). Not having a period also does not automatically indicate Premature Ovarian Failure (POF).

      It may help to test for pregnancy or speaking to your healthcare provider before taking anything to support the return of menstruation.

      Best wishes!

  17. I am 26 years old and have not had my period for 3 years now. The past couple years I have done numerous test and gone to three different doctors. They all don’t know why I got POF. All they know is my ovaries have atrophied and I have complete follicle depletion. I didn’t quite understand it all. The doctor even tried to draw me a picture. I believe I was in shock with the thought of never having a child. I just remember walking out of the doctor’s office in a haze. It’s been 10 months since then and I would like a better understanding, have a general idea of what my options are, or know if I still have any options. I distinctly remember him saying something about hormone therapy?

    • Dear Renee,

      I am so sorry you have had to go through this.

      It is going to be best for you to speak with your doctor again now that you are ready to learn what is happening and not in a state of shock. It will help you to know what is happening in your body and why, as you create and choose the best program for your needs. We are not able to help you know what is happening to you or why, only he is.

      Once you have learned what has led to POF for you, consider the information offered in this very article or having a Fertility Consultation. Through a Fertility Consultation, our fertility herbalist is able to guide you in a natural therapy program using herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies, for your specific fertility health needs.

      I hope your doctor is able to provide you clarity now.

  18. I have POF! I don’t know what to say about my problem! Since I got my first baby 2010 I never get my period. The first time I measured FSH was 112 then I continued to use some fertility vitamins when measured again it came back on 70. But still never get my period. I will like to do IVF but I decided to control my FSH by using cleanse and Maca. I made mistake for the first time, I didn’t know that I supposed to use 3 phases so I didn’t buy more cleanse after my first phase finished some months ago. This month I bought more cleanse. 1. Can continue to use cleanse and Mace while am doing IVF? 2. Can you explain to me how to use Milk thistle tincture? On the book 30drps, on the bottle 15 drps!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Frida!

      You can take Fertilica Maca while doing the Fertility Cleanse. You are correct the suggested use of Milk Thistle Seed Extract (tincture) is different on the bottle than when it is used during the Fertility Cleanse.

      During the Fertility Cleanse, Milk Thistle Seed Extract suggested use is to take 30 drops 2 to 3 times a day. So this means 30 drops in a small amount of water each time you take it (60 or 90 drops total each day during Phase 2 of the Fertility Cleanse).

      Enjoy the Fertility Cleanse!

  19. It is nice article, it gives hope! Thanks so much natural fertility

  20. Hi there! Both my sister (37 years old) and I (32 years old) have been diagnosed with POF due to being carriers of the fragile x premutation. I get my period, but only every 3-4 months. I am getting married next year and then plan on trying to get pregnant. I was going to do the fertility cleanse now and then again next year before trying. Are there any specific herbs I can take after the cleanse that can help with ovulation and egg health? Thanks so much!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Lianne,

      I am sorry you are having to deal with this at a time when you look forward to starting a family.

      From what I have learned about having the fragile x premutation, some women have normal fertility and others do not. Normal means having a regular monthly menstrual cycle ranging from 21 and 35 days showing pattern from month to month and spontaneous ovulation followed by a luteal phase that is between 12-14 days.

      We have repeatedly seen women support a wide range of fertility issues including egg health by committing to dietary and lifestyle changes to support themselves, but natural therapies are not able to alter a genetic state.

      This being said, the suggestions made in this article have been shown to support egg health, ovarian function and overall fertility in a variety of ways. We are happy to offer you guidance and a specific program based on your diet, lifestyle and fertility needs and we do this through a Fertility Consultation. Rather than generalized suggestions, a consultation offers you the opportunity to work one on one with a fertility herbalist to create a lifestyle program just for you. You receive a written quick guide, audio recording of your herbalist sharing her suggestions and ideas for you and the opportunity to ask specific fertility questions you have. If this sounds like it would be helpful, please learn more about Fertility Consultations here…

      Best Wishes and Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

  21. Hi! i am 21 years old, i was diagnosed with POF when i was 17. A year ago i got a sono to see if i had follicles, but i had none so my doctor put me on estrace and prometrium to help me possibly create follicles. Ive been on these medications since January, got a sono today and still no follicles. Is there anything that could help with this? Me and my Husband have been trying to conceive for a year now! Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Aly!

      I am sorry for this challenge at such a young age!

      Have you been able to have testing to know, or do you know, what has caused POF for you? Understanding if genetic factors are at play (versus autoimmune disorders or chromosomal defects) may greatly help you create a natural fertility program for yourself or have guidance in creating a natural fertility program.

      If your body is not responding to medications, I honestly can not say if it will to natural therapies alone. You might consider taking some time to naturally support ovarian health before trying another medicated cycle.

      Again, having a clear picture of why you have POF will prove to be helpful I am sure.

  22. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. I apologize for not being able to reply to all past comments. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

  23. Hi again
    Im not sure if my comment posted or not?
    I am 31 and my egg count is at 9.7% (apparently low for my age), everything else with me is normal. My fertility doctor has given me Femara to help produce some good eggs…i am wondering if Dong Quai is safe to use with this pill and if it would help me in my situation.
    Thanks, Kristy

  24. Hi Dalene,

    I’ve been struggling with irregular periods all my life; i took the pill for years and have been off it for 4 years now. I’ve been to a few doctors and none of them can tell me what is wrong and now just tell me to go back on the pill. My issue is that i bleed 25 days out of the month, not heavy but its really really annoying. I can tell when my actual period is because i get cramps. I have had my blood taken and was told my hormones are fine and that i’m not in POF or menopause…so what is it? Of course i’m stressed, but i do exercise and eat right so i’m not sure what will help. I thought of doing a cleanse but wonder if i need to be taking something to balance something out…but again my blood test showed normal. i’m just frustrated like everyother women. sex life is pretty pathetic, once a month maybe. argg. please help.

  25. Hi Dalene,
    I’m 37 years old and was just told I have high FSH and low Estradiol levels. My periods have become irregular in the last year. I was wanting to try for a 2nd child but I was told my best chances would be with a donor egg which I do not want to do. I was able to get pregnant almost 3 years ago after taking ovulation drugs for about 6 months and one IUI session. Other than extreme fatigue and irregular periods, I don’t really have any other significant symptoms . I asked my Doctor if at my age it was a good idea to start with hormone therapy to protect my self from osteoporosis and she prescribed prempro. I haven’t started taking it yet and I’m wondering if there are other more natural and effective choices out there.
    Thank you,
    Elsa

  26. Hello, Dalene Barton!
    I’m really unhappy due to Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) problem, having Low Estrogen levels & high FSH levels & menstrual cycle has been stopped form few years.
    My age is 34yrs & my period has stopped from last few years. In the mean time i have tried IVF & other Ayurvedic treatment to have a baby but we are unsuccessful in a both treatments. Might be IVF clinic is not good or something else.
    Now, I am very happy after reading all your articles concerning infertility guidelines at your portal & few days back I had purchased Dong Quai, Vitex through your shop to regularize periods initially.
    So, can you suggest me, these both herbs will revert back my missing periods?
    Or I have to add other herbs to cure my POF problem & regularize menstrual cycle & also have a baby.
    For POF treatments, can I take all at a time as Dong Quai, Vitex, Maca, Royal Jelly & Shatavri?
    Please give me the correct suggestion.

  27. I was thinking of purchasing the Fertility Cleanse off your website. Just wanted to know how long does the cleanse last? Is it done solely on it’s own or alongside a normal diet? Also I’m from Australia. How long is delivery? Also I’ve just been prescribed progesterone cream can I take this while also taking royal jelly, vitex & maca? I will double check with my Doctor also. Thanks for your time.

  28. Hi Dalene:

    I am 36. My AMH is 0.41, FSH 6.5, TSH 0.99. Doctor recommended IVF and said 25% chance of success. I am not for hormonal injections and decided to try to increase my fertility natural way. This is second month that I am consuming Lady’s mantle tea, and Horehound tea. Ever day one glass of each tea. After seeing this site I will try some additional teas and start performing massage. Please let me know if you have any recommendation for me.

    Thanks and best regards,
    BB

  29. Dear Dalene,

    I am 16 years old and was diagnosed with POF last year. I have never had a period before. I have started taking estrogen orally. Since I have never had a period before, does that mean I don’t have any eggs that could possibly be fertilized later on in life? Can I never have a baby? Obviously, my FSH levels were very high and my puberty did start before but then stopped. My doctor doesn’t see any reason why this happened… My mom had 8 kids naturally. What do I do? Thank you for your help and advice.

  30. Hi dalene,

    Iwas diagnosed with pof last april had fsh of 150 and estrogen of less then 40 iwas 26 they hace give me no reason i have no autoamune disease abd have no family history of this i have sinve then spirrled into depression but am picking myself up i have been doing accupunture but he said he needs to get rid of the dampness in my body first apparebtly its a term used but accupunturists i also have reflexology and am trying to change my diet and give up smokeing i am currently on hrt but the accupunturist wants me to come off it would you recommend that also i was tild byy gynea there is no way to reverse pof also do you believe that to be true im holding on ti hope by reading other peoples miracle stories i would be appritiative of any help and advice as gyneas and doctors just say its impossible donor eggs and ivf are my only option

  31. Hi, im devrstated at been diagnosed with turners syndrome. I am 25 years old and would love to have children! Is there any hope for me?

  32. I am 25 years old and I was diagnosed with POF 4 years ago…I read all of the useful info suggested above to naturally help your body become fertile again…but what us the best regiment to follow, do you need to take the Maca and vitex together? Please help!
    I want to be able to have children naturally and that us budget friendly…

    • Hi Amber,

      Vitex and Maca have been shown safe to combine. A good plan for starting out may be Fertility Cleansing and learning to eat a nutrient dense Fertility Diet first, then Vitex, Maca after that. I have seen dramatic changes in fertility health, especially egg health from Fertility Cleansing and diet changes alone.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  33. Hi Dalene,

    I’m 22 years old and have been diagnosed with POF based on FSH and LH testing as well as a basal body temp chart that I did for 2 months to determine if I was ovulating. No luck. I had extensive cancer and radiation treatments at age 14 and again at age 17. I will try the methods you’ve suggested. Is there anything else you’d suggest? or a remedy you’d particularly emphasize to do? I’ve been taking birth control for 5 years now and am switching to estrace (b/c I wanted something more natural) to get the required estrogen in my body. I will be inducing periods every 3 months using progesterone medication. Is there anything else that can be done, I feel like going in there and searching for eggs myself. I’m only 22, it’s hard to believe that there are none.

    Thank you for any info,
    Jasmine

    • Hi Jasmine,

      It is wonderful you are alive. Unfortunately as you know, the treatments for cancer are very strong, they kill healthy good cells. You may want to ask if there is other testing besides hormone testing that can be done to determine if there are any eggs at all in there. I cannot suggest that you take any of the herbs or supplements in this article while you are taking medications that contain synthetic hormones. Focus on your diet and exercise! If you ever decide to go off of birth control, or if your doctor approves of it, consider a liver cleanse or daily use of Milk Thistle extract.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  34. Actually I never have had depression, only anxiety.. I stopped taking the low loestrin about one month ago..I feel so much better! I have been on vitex for 2 weeks now with no side effects. I am seeking a second opinion from another doctor that was referred to my by a friend. Hopefully he will be able to shed some light as to what is going on.

  35. Hi!,

    I too have question about high FSH. I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance and pre diabetes. Along with tests for these condition my doctor tested for fsh level since i get irregular periods (my last one was in November and nothing in December yet) and the ones i do get have been quiet heavy. My insulin level is at 9, which is severe insulin resistance and my fasting glucose is 102. This makes me pre diabetic. I am over weight with BMI of 26. I do carry abdominal weight. And, my FSH is 103. My doctor told me I am in menopause. I do experience hot flashes, brain fogginess and mood swings. My mother started menopause at age 46.

    My question is can insulin resistance cause such high level of FSH ?. If I loose weight and get healthy can insulin resistance level come down and consequently reduce FSH level and I start ovulating again?. How can i find out what is the true reason for high FSH – I eat very clean, lots of fruits and veggies, no meat, do not keep any toxic products in the house. How can i know if this is due to follicle dysfunction or follicle depletion or insulin resistance and being overweight?

    I am 38 years old and have two children( I know, I count my blessings) and this hormonal disturbances started after I stopped nursing my second one since May 2011. My abdominal fat is also from my last pregnancy although I have been over weight since many yeas. I do take multivitamin (0ne a day for women) , vitamin D3(1000 IU -since I am low on this one) and fish oil for omega 3. One more thing, is Fish oil same as DHEA?.

    My heart goes out all lovely women over here trying to conceive..don’t loose hope, keep trying everything you can.

    -Neeha.

    • Hi Neeha,

      My suggestion would be to see a specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist about your issues. Dramatically changing your diet and exercise habits would also be very helpful. These changes need to be permanent. Learn to eat a low glycemic diet for diabetes. Have you had your thyroid check as well? That may also be a factor to talk with your doctor about.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  36. Hello! I am 42 years old. I have have been having hormonal issues for 5 years. My last menstrual cycle was January 2010. I have recently (Aug 2010) been diagnosed with POF. My FSH was 72 and my LH was 32. My estrogen level was 80. I had an ovarian cyst removed (they took 55cc of fluid from the cyst) in January 2011. I may now have another cyst forming, I am going to my gyno next week for an ultrasound.
    I was wondering if Vitex would be a good choice to take to get my cycle back and/or regulate my hormones?
    I believe the reason for my periods ending was due to combining Strattera with Prozac 5 years ago. That is when all my hormonal issues started. I am currently on Remeron because the Prozac was increasing my anxiety (too stimulating)
    Any comments/info would be appreciated ! Thank you <3

    • Hi Michelle,

      Some studies have shown that Vitex may make depression worse in women with PMS-D and progesterone deficiency, if you have either of these it would be best to avoid vitex. Because I am not a medical doctor I cannot say if Vitex should be combined with the medication you are taking. Vitex may or may not be able to help your body to regulate a menstrual cycle again. It is important to consider your egg health first. If your eggs are not healthy or dead, they cannot respond to hormones.

      I am sorry to hear of your situation. You may want to seek out a naturopathic doctor to work one-on-one with, someone who can suggest natural remedies for your specific needs.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  37. Hi,

    I am wondering if you can help or if perhaps you think taking fertility blend might help in my circumstances, I started my periods when i was 12 years old maybe only seen about 10 then stopped when i was 13 and never restarted I am now 31 years old, seen gynecologists since age of 15 of course they all say the same there is nothing that can be done for me as my fsh levels are so high over 100 it basically means i have the ovaries of a very old woman. Doctors have very much kept me in the dark about my condidtion and i have to probe them to get answers so i do know that this is not genetic, reading some of your comments above about virus’s possibly harming follicules this probably has no relevence what so ever but i cant help thinking about when i was younger, myself and my 2 other sisters all had pnemonia and doctors put this down to a virus behind the walls in the house we were living in at the time as the house was in quite bad condition ie: rising damp etc. could this have any connection? also i had a very stressful childhood and cant help thinking this could of caused some sort of blockage? what would you suggest? i am all out of hope and need some advice as i just am not getting it off doctors they have completely written me off and i cant help thinking that if i dont do something now while i am still young i could find out stuff in years to come that could of changed all this and by that time it could all be to late. already had a failed attempt at IVF.

    • Hi bumblebee55,

      I am sorry to hear of your fertility struggles from such a young age. Any of those situations you mentioned, or perhaps a combination of them may have contributed to something going wrong in the body. There is no way for me to know for sure. I do believe that what we think and feel about our bodies impacts our health greatly! While we cannot change our genetic circumstances, we do have the ability to change how we view the situation at hand. One of the bodies miracles is that every cell in our body renews over time and is replaced by healthy new cells. This gives us the opportunity to work toward changing our fertility issues by nourishing and taking care of our bodies now, so that those new cells have the best chance possible to be vibrant and healthy! Any of the suggestions on this page may help, as well as seeing a body work therapist that does Reiki, or another type of energy work may help as well. Energy work may help you to get some clear answers on how to move forward, or other work that needs to be done to heal.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  38. Hello Dalene,

    I was diagnosed with POF at age 19. I had bulimia in the past, I was talking Accutane among things, however, at the moment I am not taking anything besides my HRT and multivitamin, iron pills, folic acid, vit. d and omega 3. I am fairly healthy, I don’t eat junk food, I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. I have been to several doctors and most of them said that I will not be able to conceive naturally. I would REALLY like to believe that this is a false statement. If I continue to eat healthy and take my vitamins, could my menstrual cycle start up again? I am 23 years old now and I am very sad because I really want to have children one day. Naturally, that is.

    • Hi Julia,

      A good place to start would be to ask your doctor how much damage to your follicles there is. Do you have any follicles that may be functional? What is your ovarian reserve? These are important questions to talk with your doctor about. One of the bodies miracles is that every cell in our body renews over time and is replaced by healthy new cells. This gives us the opportunity to work toward changing our fertility issues by nourishing and taking care of our bodies now, so that those new cells have the best chance possible to be vibrant and healthy! It sounds like you are already doing what you can to increase your chances that your body will heal and respond. In some cases the follicles may have been so damaged that they have died off. If the follicles no longer exist, chances are slim that you will conceive naturally.

      You may also want to talk to your doctor about Donor Eggs. You are still young and this may be an alternate option.

      Keep moving forward, keep your head up. Ask your doctor the right questions, look at all your options and you will find a way to have a child!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  39. i am 33 years old and just diagnosed with pof. my fsh level was 92. i am currently doing accupunctor and herbs. eating organics foods and no caffeine to try to lower my fsh level. is there anything else i can do to help.

    • Hi Melissa,

      It sounds like you are doing everything you can! If you knew the specific cause of your POF you may be able to research other natural therapies specific to that cause. For example if you have POF due to environmental pollution, you may want to consider doing a Fertility Cleanse. If you have POF due to immunological reasons, Fertility Enzyme Therapy may be an area to research more. It is important to be clear that high FSH only shows that your follicles are not responding or there is no longer any communication from your follicles. High FSH is not the cause of the follicle damage or depletion. Focusing rather on a complete fertility support is best. Ask your doctor how many follicles you have left. If you have some left and wish to go on to try and conceive, you are going to want to look into how to Improve your Egg Health.

      Best wishes,

      Dalene

  40. Hi
    i was told that am in pre menopause about 4 years ago,my last period was on January since than nothing, am 39 years old single and would love to have a child and i will give anything to have my period again, i can see a lot of changes in me and i feel old discourage its like am no longer a live, my skin my hair everything in me change for the worst, i really don’t know what to do i need your help. thank you.

    • Hi mama,

      I am sorry to hear how sad you are, this is a devastating diagnosis! It would be best to work with a specialist in the area of POF, someone who can find out why you may have this condition and your options. A definitive diagnosis of POF usually means that you will have extreme difficulty getting pregnant; though women with POF may still become pregnant, so do not give up hope if you have not yet had a child because it could still happen!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  41. Hi,
    I am 31 was diognised with severe Preamature Ovarian Failure two years ago at the age of 29. I was told I would never have a baby due to high FSH levels. I took AMH test two years ago and the results were 0,05. Since diagnosis of POF I have been using some medicines which helps me with mensturating. Otherwise I am not having my periods. Is there a way to get my periods back without the aid of medicines?

    I took some tests and in my case the POF is not cause by genetic factors nor chromosomal defects. Is there anything you know that would help with conceiving?
    I would really appreciate your help. Many thanks..

    Guran

    • Hi Guran,

      I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis at such a young age. Your age may be on your side!!! Being as young as you are gives you time to work at reducing your high FSH, cleansing your body, nourishing it with healthy foods and perhaps using fertility herbs to work toward increasing your chances of conception. Because you have determined your POF is NOT caused by genetic or chromosomal factors, that leaves you with either environmental pollution, or exposure to a virus. In the case where you were exposed to a virus, this may have damaged your follicles, this can cause them to no longer respond to the release of FSH. This is why FSH levels are high. If your follicles are damaged due to environmental toxins and pollutants, the first best thing to think about is cleansing your body. Fertility Cleansing may be a good option. You may want to find a natural practitioner in your area that can suggest some other cleanses as well for heavy metals, ect. In addition please consider following these guidelines:

      1. Buy organic foods whenever possible! Non-organic foods often contain pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics. Though we may want to deny the facts, it is stated on many doctor based websites like the Mayo Clinic site that toxins play a role in POF.
      2. Avoid using pesticides or herbicides in your yard, garden or surrounding areas.
      3. Avoid synthetic-chemical-loaded-mainstream body products including make-up.
      4. Avoid using feminine products that are not made from organic cotton, contain plastic or are made from rayon.
      5. Drink filtered water, avoid tap water.

      After cleansing the body, consider what you can do to try and improve egg health, while reducing high FSH. Vitex may be helpful for reducing high FSH levels. Because POF can cause the ovaries and uterus to atrophy (loose muscle tone) over time, consider therapies like Self Fertility Massage, Castor Oil packs, and Fertility Yoga!

      Because POF is such a complex diagnosis it may be best to find a naturopathic doctor in your area that can advise a full regimen for you, someone you can work one-on-one with. A definitive diagnosis of POF usually means that you will have extreme difficulty getting pregnant; though women with POF may still become pregnant, so do not give up hope if you have not yet had a child because it could still happen.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  42. I was diagnosed with POF 2 years ago at the age of 31. I am preparing for IVF #6 in a few weeks and am wondering if it will be beneficial at all for me to start the starter kit with the L-arganine, maca, etc. I know it says to use it for 3 months, so I just want to know if I would be wasting my time taking it for 4 weeks only. Is there anything else I should be doing over the next few weeks to prepare?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Sonia,

      If you are wanting to impact the health of your eggs for your upcoming IVF, you really need 3 months of preparation. If you are only wanting to boost overall chances and increase health for a successful implantation using supplements, and natural therapies for a month, this is better than doing nothing in my opinion.

      You may also want to consider Self Fertility Massage and Acupuncture. Be sure you are also eating a nutrient dense Fertility Diet with a whole food quality multivitamin!

      Best Wishes for a successful IVF!

      Dalene

  43. HI KARMEN!! IM 34YRS OLD AND WAS DIAGNOSED AT 21 WITH SEVERE PREMATURE OVARIAN FAILURE.. I WAS TOLD I HAD FSH LEVELS OF A 79YR OLD AND THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE CHILDREN!! I REACHED OUT TO GOD ALSO AND HE HEARD ME… I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH 3 KIDS… WERE WORKING ON #4 AND IM ORDERING THIS SITES FERTILITY CLEANSE BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE GOD LEAD ME HERE!! THANK YOU NATURAL FERTILITY.COM FOR GIVING ANY AMOUT OF TIME TO POF, NOT MANY WILL EVEN DISCUSS IT AND LEAVE US HOPELESS BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!! KARMEN DO NOT GIVE UP CAUSE IF I HAD I WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT ON 3 OF THE BEST THINGS THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME!!!

    • I would like to talk to you if possible. I have a 15 year old niece with a very high FSH and periods stopped. I need help. Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Faith!

      Thank you for reaching out to us on behalf of your niece. I am certain your support is appreciated.

      We however have to recommend anyone interested in natural therapies under the age of 18 work with a natural health care practitioner in conjunction with their medical doctor.

      Teens are still developing in many ways, including hormonally. We cannot suggest our products because there are too many changes taking place in their developing bodies.

      Learn more via the following link: Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices

      Best wishes to her!

  44. I was told i have no egg function..how do i get that working?…i will look at the articles and see what i can find..if there is anything you know would help please let me know..thanks

  45. hello there, My name is karmen mack..I have pof and never ever gotten a period in my lief natural..I was put on birth control and did have one..but with out bc nothing happens..i just got married and we really want kids..i have been praying to God to heal me..i have been taken Vitex, black cosoh, omega 3,6,9 pills, a b6 complete vitamin,co-10..and a prenatual vitamin..for 2mths..and stll nothing..i also have a thyriod problem and take my meds daily for that….what else can i do?? with me never haveing a natrual period will i ever get pregnant..please help me..and i smoke but have cut back to 3 a day

    • Hi Karmen,

      I am very sorry to hear how sad you are about your situation. Having POF can be devastating. Do you know why you were diagnosed with this. The article above outlines causes for POF. Do you fall under any of those guidelines? If so please refer to the article for ideas on natural remedies that may support different factors that affect or are affected by POF. There is no known cure for POF, please talk to your doctor more in-depth about what your diagnosis means for you.

      Warmly,

      Dalene