I’m feeling pretty good about yesterdays adventure to the doctor. I’m grateful there is a name to call what I have. I always knew the chances of getting pregnant where lower for me, so this diagnosis doesn’t change that. “So you’re saying there’s a chance!” -Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber.

This is the information sent to me today by my doctor. I’ve taken out the bits and pieces most relevant for those who would like to know EXACTLY what this diagnosis entails:

PREMATURE OVARIAN FAILURE OVERVIEW — Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a condition in which the ovaries stop functioning normally in women who are younger than 40. The condition used to be called “premature menopause,” but that term is misleading, because women with premature ovarian failure do not always stop menstruating, and their ovaries do not always completely shut down [1]. That’s important to keep in mind, because the diagnosis of premature ovarian failure does not always mean that pregnancy is impossible. What’s more, the condition does not imply that a woman is aging prematurely. It simply means that her ovaries are faltering. Another term used for POF is primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). This term is likely to replace the term POF in the near future.

Given these effects, premature ovarian failure makes pregnancy unlikely. Learning of this can be emotionally devastating to some women, especially if they have not had children or want more children. For them, the diagnosis squelches dreams of motherhood. Take time, too, to honor your feelings of grief and loss. Being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure can be a life-changing experience [2]. It is natural to feel down, but be mindful of depression. You may even want to seek out counseling or to participate in a support group for women with premature ovarian failure. If you have a partner, remember that he or she may also be affected by your diagnosis, so it might be useful to find support for the two of you.

PREMATURE OVARIAN FAILURE CAUSES — In the vast majority of cases, healthcare providers do not know why premature ovarian failure occurs. Some cases of the condition can be explained by genetic abnormalities, exposure to toxins, or autoimmune disorders, but most cases are “idiopathic,” meaning they have no known cause [3]. Even so, it’s important for women to be tested for the known causes of premature ovarian failure. Some of the known causes may be associated with other effects on your health or the health of your family members.

PREMATURE OVARIAN FAILURE TREATMENT
Estrogen replacement- Most experts agree, in general, that young women with premature ovarian failure should use hormone therapy at least until they turn 50.

Infertility treatment — As noted above, between 5 and 10 percent of women with POF are able to conceive and give birth normally without any special treatment. Treatment with estrogen, fertility drugs, or other hormones, has not been shown to improve fertility.

SUMMARY
* Being diagnosed with premature ovarian failure can be emotionally trying. Women with the disorder may need time to grieve and adjust to the diagnosis, and there are resources that can help them do that.
* Women with premature ovarian failure should consider taking estrogen-progestin therapy at least until age 50 to prevent osteoporosis and possibly cardiovascular disease. Taking these hormones will have the added benefit of reducing menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
* Women interested in becoming pregnant should consult their own healthcare provider about possible therapeutic options. Those who are comfortable with pursuing assisted reproduction may want to consider in vitro fertilization using donor eggs or donor embryos.

So as it was explained to me at age 8 (ish): When a Man and Woman love each other very much, they get married. When they decide to have a baby they give each other a special hug. The part I must have missed was the part where the Man and Woman go ask the Woman’s sister or close friend to hand over an egg and we head on down the clinic for some R & R and make a baby together. Well, when that special time comes I guess I’ll be hittin’ up some relatives who are willing to help us make a baby that is half Matt’s and half ? who knows. I think I’ll sleep on it.