Why does this matter?
Women who are incorrectly diagnosed with POF are often told that the likelihood of them conceiving children on their own is very slim. Therefore, they are referred to egg donor programs and loose the possibility of having a child genetically related to them. Fertility experts, such as Dr. Gleicher, say that many of these women are simply misdiagnosed and with the correct treatment may be able to have children using their own eggs.
“True POF affects only approximately 1% of all women,” reads a statement from the CHR. “However, approximately 10% of all women experience a premature decline of ovarian function, which is milder than outright POF. This milder decline in ovarian function is called Premature Ovarian Aging (POA) or Occult Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (OPOI).”
Women diagnosed with POA have a high likelihood of infertility treatment success without using donor eggs.
Misdiagnosis of Premature Ovarian Failure May Lead to Unnecessary Infertility Treatments