Among women who become menopausal at around age 50, we suggest some type of birth control should be used for one year after the last period. For women with premature ovarian failure, or POF, contraception should be used for a minimum of two years. Because of the intermittent, and unpredictable, ovulations in some women, there are reports of POF women conceiving eigh to 15 years after their diagnosis of POF! For birth control, barrier methods (such as condoms/spermicide or a diaphragm) or birth control pills (BCPs) can be used. BCPs have the additional benefit of adding needed estrogen if a woman's ovaries are not producing their own estrogen. One study found that BCP use did not enhance the return of normal ovary function.
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