Premature Ovarian Aging (POA)

Women attempting pregnancy after age 40 have difficulty getting pregnant because of low ovarian reserve. Women are considered to have premature ovarian aging (POA) if the decline occurs in their thirties or twenties. POA negatively affects fertility primarily because of the low quantity and quality of eggs produced. Women with diminished ovarian reserve experience the highest miscarriage rates of any infertility diagnosis.

With aggressive treatment women with POA can have their own genetic children. Effective treatment of POA starts with diagnosis. Timely diagnosis is crucial because once the ovarian reserve begins to decline it continues to decline and with POA, time is of the essence. The IVF Center employs aggressive IVF stimulation protocols frequently in combination with growth hormone to improve chances for pregnancy. We have had very encouraging results with the addition of growth hormone with POA patients undergoing IVF.