Can you help with a survey?

The National Institute of Health Research wants to fund some research to compare different therapies offered to women with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), also called premature ovarian failure or premature menopause.

They are a team of doctors, researchers and women with personal experience of POI who are signing a trial to compare the treatments. To ensure that the trial is all right for  women who have POI, they are seeking your opinions. The survey should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete. Your answers are completely anonymous and it is really important as it will help improve treatment for women with POI in the future. You can find the survey here 

What is premature ovarian insufficiency?

We know that around one in every hundred women under the age of 40 will experience what is known as premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), which is sometimes known as premature menopause. POI is actually a more accurate description as the condition isn’t exactly the same as a menopause women go through at the usual age of around 51 because it isn’t always final as hormones can fluctuate. It can happen to women who are still in their teens. If you are over forty but under 45 and go through the menopause, this is usually known as early menopause rather than POI.

The Daisy Network offers information and support to anyone experiencing POI and aims to provide a support network where members can share experiences. The Network also helps to raise awareness of the condition. You may be interested in this story from Grazia  by a woman who shares her experiences.

The Daisy Network Conference

The Daisy Network, the support group for women with premature ovarian insufficiency, is holding a conference on Saturday 10th June at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. They have speakers covering a wide range of topics including HRT, fertility, sexual health and nutrition. There will also be an Ask the Experts session and plenty of opportunity to meet other members.

It promises to be an interesting day, and tickets cost £15 for members and £20 for non-members. including lunch and break-time refreshments. You can buy tickets here