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Women With Premature Menopause At Increased Risk For Potentially Fatal Adrenal Condition

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Women with spontaneous premature ovarian failure (POF) are three hundred times more likely than members of the general population to develop a serious condition in which the body attacks the adrenal glands, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The study also reports that a test measuring immune system proteins known as antibodies is an effective way to diagnose the adrenal condition in women with spontaneous POF.

Women with spontaneous premature ovarian failure (POF) are three hundred times more likely than members of the general population to develop a serious condition in which the body attacks the adrenal glands, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The study also reports that a test measuring immune system proteins known as antibodies is an effective way to diagnose the adrenal condition in women with spontaneous POF. The researchers published their findings in the August issue of Human Reproduction. Premature ovarian failure occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs and reproductive hormones well in advance of natural menopause. An estimated one percent of American women develop the condition by age 40.


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