Don’t say ‘early menopause,’ it’s primary ovarian insufficiency


May 10, 2010
Recently graduated from college and living in Los Angeles, Christine Eads went from doctor to doctor, hoping someone could figure out why her periods had stopped and why she often awoke in the middle of the night drenched in sweat.

They provided lots of possible explanations but no answers:

She was too skinny.

She suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

She should start taking the pill.

She should stop taking the pill.

But they pretty much agreed that there was no way a woman who hadn’t menstruated in five years could conceive a baby.

Finally, her then-boyfriend learned of a National Institutes of Health doctor who studied women with her symptoms.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.