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I'm not sure if this is even the right place to post this, but here goes:

About 5 or 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure (after repeated pleading to have my FSH level checked even though I was young). I was having all the symptoms of menopause and was in my late 20's. My level was 244 and should have been somewhere in the single digits. I was told that the only way I could get pregnant again was if I used donor eggs. I was grateful that we started our family early (I was 20 when my 1st ds was born) and very happy to have had 3 children. I should tell you that we supplemented w/ progesterone for #2 and #3.

Anyhow, the docs told me that I couldn't get pregnant and that once 12 months without a cycle went by that we were completely "safe". I finished menopause (pof version) and was 18 mos without a period when, guess what? Yup, got pregnant. I didn't know that I could get pregnant after all of that, I didn't find out till I was 6 weeks along and lost the baby at 7 weeks. That was March 18, 2002.

After that I got regular cycles 28 days on the button (I think I skipped the 1st one after the miscarriage). Fast forward to end of October 2002. I again learn that I'm pregnant. This time I was 1 hour late for my very regular period (no kidding), got a test and had the doc call in my progesterone. 7/16/2003 Melody Rose Liberty Grace was born (vba3c). Obviously my ovaries were/are doing something.

End of June 2004, I had a corpus luteal cyst rupture and a miscarriage at the same time. Since that m/c I skipped the first 2 periods. My 1st (Sept)was my usual 28 days, then I started short-cycling---26 days, 24, days, 25 days AND my symptoms have returned.

For the past 3 months I've been dealing with lots of PMS, hot flashes, night sweats, dryness, no sex drive. It feels exactly like I felt when I was dx w/ POF. I don't want to go back to that (like I have a choice). I lived with these symptoms and major depression for 10 years. When I had the first m/c I immediately felt better and have since then until now. I'm scared that I'm going to go back to living in a fog, and am already tired of dealing w/ hot flashes etc.

Last month I finally called my OB (in the midst of it all) and we ran some labs. Everything came back in nl range, except the estrogen (low) which she explained is not so unusual considering I'm still bf dd (17 mo).

BTW, I'm now 36 yo.

Should I go to see a fertility specialist even though my labs look good? Do I wait it out till I'm done b/f? Do I need a reproductive endocrinologist? A regular endocrinologist? I just don't know what to do next, but I really don't want to go back to living/feeling the way I did. I was In survival mode all the time and I knew it was hormonal, but couldn't do anything to fix it.

I'm reaching out now b/f it gets as bad as it was, but I"m not sure there's anything that I can do now. Last time the depression got so bad that I couldn't even pick up the phone for help.

All that to say that I'm open to suggestions, please help me if you can.

We're not necessarily ttc right now, but are discussing for next year.

Cristi
 

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Well, I don't know much about POF, but it seems odd that it resolved itself. Do you know what caused it to happen the first time? I would definitely try to see a specialist, probably a reproductive endo, although I'm not sure whether they can help you that much (since the first time they didn't do that much). Have you thought of alternative medicine, such as an acupuncturist?
 

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I would also go to a reproductive endocrinologist. Obviously something is working in there. I would be willing to guess that something was out of whack when they diagnosed you with POF - and that imbalance resolved itself. ONce resolved you were back on track....and ovulating. The other thing I would suggest if you can swing it - is to go see an acupunturist. It can help tons with balancing things out.

Good luck!
 
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