Heard has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment
of patients diagnosed with premature ovarian failure.
This condition is diagnosis in women under age 40 who
stop menstruating and experience the symptoms of menopause.
For reasons largely unknown, the ovaries stop functioning
normally. This leades to a decline in the normal production
of eggs and estrogen levels, leading to infertility
and the onset of menopausal symptoms. Many patients
develop autoimmune problems such as thyroid disfunction,
lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients are diagnosed
after stopping birth control pills or being evaluated
for infertility. Patients are devastated because POF
symptoms develop wihtout warning and patients are informed
suddenly that they can no longer get pregnant with their
own eggs. These patients are then faced with new problems
which include the need for hormone replacement, new
medical problems related to autoimmune disease, and
fertility options that are costly and not always wanted
by most patients.
REI offers specialized services for the patient with
premature ovarian failure. These patients require a
comprehensive evaluation to ensure nothing is overlooked.
Patients spend up to one hour during their initial consultation.
Many patients have visited Houston from all over the
United States to be evaluated and discuss the latest
treatment options including hormone replacement therapy
and available fertility options. POF patients and their
partners can be scheduled for an infertility evaluation
during a one day visit to the Houston REI office. Treatment
options can then be discussed shortly thereafter to
allow fertility treatments to begin as soon as possible.
interested in evaluation are asked to complete the POF
Questionnaire by clicking on the icon below. All records
should be faxed to 713-425-3783 or sent to the Houston
REI address listed above.
here to fill the questionaire for POF (Premature