Jan 05 2017

How Early Menopause Affects Female Fertility and What Can Be Done


A woman's reproductive systemPatients at our Lubbock fertility center appreciate the fact that we offer a whole host of male and female infertility treatments. This includes standard procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) as well as egg donation and egg donor services. These two procedures can be especially helpful for female infertility issues.

For some women, issues with early menopause make having a child very difficult if not impossible. Let's explore this issue in more detail.

About Early Menopause

Menopause typically starts between the ages of 49 and 52, but in some cases it can start early. Whenever menopause begins before the age of 40, this is consider premature menopause or early menopause. It has a negative impact on a woman's fertility, and it may drastically change your plans when it comes to starting a family.

Potential Causes of Early Menopause

There are a wide variety of factors that can result in early onset of menopause. Genetics and overall family history is one of the most common issues to consider. Women who smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke also experience a greater risk of premature menopause. A number of environmental factors (such as pesticides, chemicals in plastics, food additives, and so forth) may also contribute to early menopause.

Signs and Symptoms of Early Menopause

Common signs and symptoms of early menopause include the following:

  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Heavier or lighter flow during periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Trouble getting to sleep

Thankfully there are a number of fertility treatments to consider for women who experience early menopause. These can help women have children once premature menopause has started.

Egg Freezing

If you are at risk of experiencing early menopause, egg freezing is a great option to consider. This is a fertility preservation procedure that allows women to keep viable eggs frozen and preserved for later use.

Egg Donors

If early menopause has already begun, a woman may also consider the services of donor eggs. These eggs come from an egg donor and are kept at fertility centers to help others have children. The eggs/donor can be selected based on physical attributes and personality characteristics.

Surrogate Carriers

Whether eggs are preserved or are provided by an egg donor, it's ideal for the fertilized eggs to be brought to term by a surrogate carrier. Surrogate carriers are women who offer to bring a child to term on the behalf of another couple or individuals. These carriers are carefully screened to ensure that they are healthy enough to carry a child through pregnancy and successful live birth.

Creating a Treatment Plan Just for You

As you can see, there are different options available that can make starting a family a reality. During the consultation process, we can go over your situation and discuss all kinds of treatments with you. We'll note the advantages and disadvantages of any treatment options, and offer a complete rundown of risks and side effects as well. We want to empower you so you make the ideal choice given your circumstances.

Learn More About Fertility Treatments

For more information about various fertility treatments and how we can help you start the family you have always wanted, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. We look forward to your visit and discussing matters with you in much greater detail.

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