A woman who was told that she was in early menopause when she was 17 has revealed that she is pregnant, despite doctors telling her it was almost impossible.
Missy Dippner, now 25, believed she may never become a mum after she was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure as a teenager, meaning her ovaries had stopped working.
But in April this year, Missy, from Pennsylvania, US, went to the emergency room with a suspected water infection but blood tests revealed she was pregnant.
Now, Missy is five weeks away from giving birth to a baby boy on November 25.
‘When I was a teenager, I became super depressed and anxious,’ says Missy. ‘I couldn’t control my emotions and I didn’t know what was wrong with me.
‘My family wanted to admit me to a psychiatric unit. I had loads of tests which determined I was going through menopause at 17 which made sense as I had all of the symptoms.
‘I had to change my bedsheets daily as they were soaked with sweat. My moods were all over the place and I was very unstable.’
Further tests revealed Missy’s ovaries were half the size they were expected to be for a woman at her age.
She used an estradiol patch for five years in a bid to limit her menopause symptoms, but after a while, she began to sporadically bleed – which was actually her periods returning, but she didn’t know it at the time.
Then, in April 2021, Missy went into the hospital with a suspected urinary tract infection, but she was stunned to be told she was five weeks pregnant.
‘I was in so much pain, I thought I was going to have my appendix out,’ she recalls.
‘I had my blood tested twice because the doctor couldn’t believe I was pregnant. I was in total shock as I had been told there was a 1% chance of me ever conceiving naturally. So I had prepared myself for a life without biological children.
‘I couldn’t get my jaw off the floor.’
Now Missy and her husband Chad, 38, who is a mechanic, are preparing for the arrival of their miracle baby.
‘I’ve always wanted to be a mum, so it is a dream come true,’ she says.
‘I hope our story helps other women with premature ovarian failure. I would advise anyone who is battling infertility to have patience as it could happen naturally.
‘I am living proof that the 1% chance can happen.
‘We can’t wait to meet our little boy. I am going to treasure every second with him.’
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