I am 42 and I have completed menopause. When I was thirty I began having occasional hot flashes and irregular periods. My gynocologist told me I was too young for menopause and put me on provera. I never met the right man to have children. When I was 40 I asked my gynocologist about artificial insemination. She tested my FSH and I was at 6. She recommended a fertility doctor who is well known in my area and considered to be one of the best. I started chlomid and was inseminated a few times. I never became pregnant. At the beginning, my doctor never checked my blood at the end of the cycle so he didn't know I was having problems ovulating. He never measured my FSH during that time either. I trusted he knew what he was doing and I didn't know there were test that should have been ran. Each time an insemination failed he told me we would try again. Over a year and a half later nothing happened. Then one week I started having severe night sweats and hot flashes. MY family doctor ran my FSH to see what was going on with me. I was at 30 or so. My fertility doctor told me I had started menopause and my eggs were no longer good. I was told I would have to use donor embryos. I was devastated. I went from a 6 to a 30 in a short period of time. Meanwhile my fertility doctor never checked my FSH during all that time. My fertility doctor knew I was upset and he offered to try bravelle instead of chlomid. The drug worked and for the first time I ovulated. Unfortunately it was too late because the egg quality/quantity was not good enough. I had a second opinion and realized I could never become a mother with my own eggs. I had a donor embryo inplanted in november of last year and had a misscarriage at six weeks. I had never been pregnant before and I never knew how painful it would be emotionally as well as physically. Recently, I decided to have my FSH tested by another fertility specialist. He said my number is 80. I have finished menopause at 42. All the other doctors were wrong. I started menopause at age 30 and now I'm done. Please get second opinions from other doctors no matter what repuatation your doctor may have acquired. I wish I had. I feel so devastated and I have so many regrets about not trying to have children sooner on my own.
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