Amber and Chris were just like any other young couple madly in love with one another. They had travelled the world, just built their dream home together in Melbourne’s outer east and had eagerly decided they wanted to start a family.
In late 2014 Amber and Chris began trying for a baby. As we all know, there is no set time frame on how long it will take to get pregnant, but by early 2015 Amber had yet to fall pregnant and began to have hot flushes, around 20 a day.
She decided to take herself to the doctors. Upon describing her symptoms, the doctor joked and said, “oh maybe you’re going through early menopause” – but of course being so young, just 23 at the time, they laughed it off. Amber was told it was most likely something viral and to just go home and rest.
Two weeks passed, and still the hot flushes were happening so Amber took herself off for a second opinion. They called her urgently with results and she was told her FSH level was 75 – menopause range.
“I was just in shock,” Amber recalls. “I just remember crying and asking, ‘can I still have children?”
However, her doctor didn’t seem too concerned and assured her that she was still young and not to worry. They referred her to a gynaecologist for more tests.
When Amber first saw a gynaecologist, she was told she had seven centimetre cyst on her ovary which had to be removed. She was under the impression that once this happened, her levels would return to normal and everything would go back to normal.
Unfortunately, this was not the case.
“I was put on Clomid for six months, a drug to induce ovulation. I absolutely hated this medication and had terrible side effects. I also never ovulated so it was decided it wasn’t for me,” Amber says.
After going through so much and feeling like none of the medications or procedures were helping, Amber decided to give acupuncture a go.
“My acupuncturist was absolutely amazing but unfortunately after seeing her for a year my body was too far gone for her to help.”
That’s when Amber and Chris decided IVF would be their only option.
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Amber went to see an IVF specialist and was moved along right away for more testing. They ended up trying two rounds of IVF with her own eggs but each time their cycle was cancelled due to there being no follicles.