Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
The average age of Menopause in the UK is 51. This is the average age of a woman’s last period.
Symptoms can often start much before.
When symptoms begin before the age of 45 this si known as Early Menopause.
When this occurs under the age of 540 it is called POI or Premature Ovarian Insufficiency.
It can be a devastating diagnosis due to the impact on fertility and also on a woman’s identity.
POI needs expert management to replace hormones which are so important for bone and heart health.
There is no increase risk of breast cancer in women taking hormones before the average age of menopause.
Dr Zoe Schaedel has a specialist interest in POI.