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Stacy's Story

My life changed in September 2005. I was diagnosed with Premature Ovairian Failure (early menopause). My FSH level was over 100 and it was horrible. I had all the menopause symptons including hot flashes, dry skin, night sweats. I was not exactly a fun person to be around (my poor husband!) I was 25 years old and I had no chance at having children on my own.

I have the best sister in the world. She is my identical twin. When I found out that I was in menopause, I called her up and said that I needed some eggs. She took this the wrong way and told me to just go to the store and get some eggs there! When I told her not those kind of eggs, she got the hint. She never once hesitated about going through my infertility with me. We decided to go through IVF using her eggs and my husband's sperm and transfering it to me. Since we are identical twins, we have the exact same DNA, therefore, if I would have had eggs, they would have been exactly the same as hers. The IVF had failed. It was the most horrible feeling in the world. My sister left work that day we found out it did not work and was with me the whole day. She was as sad as I was.

Our next journey in infertility took us to St. Louis, MO. Our doctor had recommended us to a doctor there. He had performed ovarian transplants. In July 2006 my sister donated an entire ovary to be transplanted into me. The surgery is only available to identical twins since my body will not reject something with my own DNA. We were the sixth set to twins to ever have the surgery. Every time it has successfully worked to take a woman out of menopause. I got my first period after the surgery 3 weeks ago. I was so excited I told everybody! I found out 2 weeks ago that my FSH level was down to a 9! This is the first month that I have a chance on becoming pregnant on my own, no drugs, no doctors! I am finally normal! The doctors there also think that within the next year they should be able to do this surgery with anybody, not just identical twins!

Fertility is the worst thing to have to deal with. I have found the best way of dealing with it, is by talking about it with other people. I have been amazed at how many people come up to me and tell me that they too have infertility problems. There are so many times that I wish I was not dealt these cards, but in the end, this has made me such a stronger person, and for that I will always be thankful for.

Relevant articles:
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