Infertility can affect men and women of all ages. There are so many potential setbacks you can face, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn. The team at our Lubbock infertility treatment center believes that there are many ways to address the challenges that our patients face. That's why we offer comprehensive approaches to treating infertility.
Sometimes women in their 30s or younger may stop being fertile. This may be due to early menopause. Let's explore this topic and then discuss some treatment options for this problem.
About Early Menopause
Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman has not had her period for 12 months in a row or longer. In most women, menopause begins some time in the mid 50s. However, the starting age for menopause can vary from woman to woman. For some women, menopause may start in their thirties, an age when they still should be in good reproductive health.
This early onset of menopause is simply known as early menopause. With early menopause, women who seem young and fertile will experience female infertility. This can be a very difficult situation for women who waited to have children but are now no longer able to have them.
Potential Causes of Early Menopause
The most common cause of early menopause tends to be genetic. If early onset of menopause runs in your family, you are likely to experience early menopause as well. Environmental factors such as chemical exposure can also contribute to the early onset of menopause.
Can Fertility Drugs Cause Early Menopause?
No. This is a common myth. Fertility drugs will affect the follicles and produce multiple eggs to increase the chances of pregnancy. However, these drugs do not impact a woman's overall egg supply, not will they increase the likelihood of early menopause.
Symptoms of Early Menopause
If you are younger than 40, keep watch for these warning signs and symptoms of early menopause:
- Lighter or heavier menstrual flow than usual
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Lack of libido
- Difficulty sleeping
Egg Freezing If Your Family Has a History of Early Menopause
If women in your family have experienced early menopause, you have a great procedure to consider. One of the ideal options for circumventing infertility from early menopause is to freeze your eggs at an early age. Egg freezing harvests viable eggs from a woman to be used at later date. This allows healthy, viable eggs to be stored in case menopause begins early. This allows many women in their 30s and older to have children.
Fertility Treatment Options for Early Menopause
If eggs were not preserved prior to the early onset of menopause, there are other procedures to consider. In many cases, the services of an egg donor and/or a surrogate carrier can be helpful.
Egg donors are women who provide their eggs for others to use in IVF treatment. These donors can be screened to ensure health, wellness, and a good match regarding appearance and personality traits.
Surrogate carriers are women who volunteer to carry a baby to term for a couple. This is common when a mother runs a risk of pregnancy loss.
During a consultation at our practice, we can discuss all of your options for fertility treatment in much greater detail. We will provide you with all the information you need to make confident choices in your treatment options.
Learn More About Your Fertility Treatment Options
For more information about your fertility treatment options and how we can help you have a child despite the challenges you face, contact our team of fertility specialists today. We will provide you with all the information you need to make confident choices about your treatment options.