Exploring premature ovarian insufficiency (POI)

Written by: Dr Diana Mansour
Edited by: Aoife Maguire

Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a condition that affects women, typically under the age of 40, where the ovaries cease to function as expected. This condition, also known as premature ovarian failure or early menopause, can be a challenging and unexpected experience for those affected. Revered consultant in community gynaecology and reproductive healthcare, Dr Diana Mansour explores the condition.



What is premature ovarian insufficiency (POI)?


In simple terms, premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs and the hormones oestrogen and progesterone earlier than normal. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, hot flashes, and mood changes. It's essential to understand that POI is not the same as natural menopause, which typically occurs around the age of 50.


What are the causes of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI)?


POI can have various causes, including genetic factors, autoimmune disorders, and certain medical treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Exploring your family history and understanding potential risk factors is crucial for early detection and management.


How can I recognise the symptoms of POI?


POI can manifest with symptoms such as irregular or missed periods, vaginal dryness, and difficulty conceiving. These symptoms can be distressing, and seeking medical advice promptly is vital. Early detection allows for better management of the condition and addressing potential underlying causes.


Diagnosis and medical evaluation for POI


If you experience symptoms associated with POI, it's crucial to consult a doctor. A series of tests, including hormone level assessments and imaging studies, may be conducted to confirm the diagnosis. Understanding the root cause of POI is essential for tailoring an effective treatment plan.


What management and support is available?


While there is no cure for POI, various treatment options aim to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often recommended to alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk of associated health issues, such as osteoporosis. Additionally, emotional support and counselling can play a crucial role in helping individuals navigate the emotional aspects of POI.





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By Dr Diana Mansour
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Dr Diana Mansour is a highly respected consultant in community gynaecology and reproductive healthcare. She is based in Newcastle but offers remote consultations for St Erme MedicalShe has over four decades of experience, focusing on women's health, menopause, contraceptive methods, female sexual dysfunction, menstrual disorders and premature ovarian insufficiency.
Dr Mansour adopts a comprehensive approach to women's healthcare, prioritising patient involvement in decision-making and thoroughly exploring all available options. Despite holding various national and international roles in developing medical guidelines, her true passion lies in direct patient care, which motivated her to pursue a medical career.
Originally trained at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff, she later moved to London, where she continued her postgraduate studies in obstetrics and gynaecology. Specialising in Community Gynaecology, she relocated to the North East in 1995 and has served as an NHS consultant in community gynaecology and reproductive healthcare in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1997.
Dr Mansour can help women facing a wide range of medical gynaecological issues, including adolescent menstrual problems, complex contraception and sexual health issues, psychosexual concerns, heavy menstrual bleeding, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothalamic amenorrhoea, and menopausal challenges. She is recognised as a specialist and trainer by the British Menopause Society.

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