Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Menopause | Dr. Mandy Leonhardt

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Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Menopause | Dr. Mandy Leonhardt

October 11, 2022

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Menopause | Dr. Mandy Leonhardt

Primary ovarian insufficiency, or POI, is the early loss of normal ovarian function in women before the average menopausal age of 45. In this episode, Fempower Health interviews Dr. Mandy Leonhardt, co-author of POI and Early Menopause. They discuss different causes of primary ovarian insufficiency, health effects of ovarian dysfunction, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and other important topics for women affected by POI. 

Dr. Mandy Leonhardt is a UK-based General Practitioner, certified nutritionist (MNU), and menopause specialist. Her focus is on women’s hormonal health, lifestyle medicine, and nutrition. Dr. Leonhardt is the co-author of the book, POI and Early Menopause.

Discussed in this episode:

  • What is the difference between POI and early menopause?
  • What causes primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)?
  • Early-onset POI in adolescence vs. developing POI in adulthood
  • Overall health aspects of healthy ovaries
  • Types of POI treatment
  • Stress factors that contribute to loss of period and ovarian dysfunction
  • POI symptoms with and without birth control
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as an option, not a requirement
  • Menopause in women with minimal access to healthcare

“Women are not small men. We need to acknowledge that. As doctors, we need to be proactive with our female patients and ask the right questions.” – Dr. Mandy Leonhardt

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