A young woman who was diagnosed with early menopause has surprised doctors to have given birth to two children in eighteen months.
Ashley Buchkoe, 30, was diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency – a condition that caused her ovaries to release eggs irregularly – meaning she was experiencing the early stages of menopause.
The insurance specialist and her husband Michael, 35, were desperate to have children, but they were told that Ashley could not conceive naturally, and that their only chance of having children is if they did IVF, and even the chances of that working was just five per cent.
After forking out £10,000 on fertility treatment, the pair were devastated when both of their two rounds failed in 2017.
“It was recommended that I start IVF with donor eggs as my egg count was so low, but I wanted a biological family more than ever.
“We took the risk, and it was unsuccessful, we were heartbroken. I never imagined having a baby would be so hard.
“We were desperate to have a baby, so we gave it one more go with my eggs and maximised the medication doses, but my body didn’t agree and only one embryo was successful inserted.
“After two weeks, I began to bleed at work and I just broke down, I thought I was having a miscarriage.
“Shortly after the clinic rang and my heart sank until I had the word ‘Congratulations’ I couldn’t believe it, we were finally having a baby!”
Ashley suffered with premature labour contractions that left her bed bound for nine weeks before giving birth to her son Porter in January 2018.
The couple couldn’t afford IVF again so began to accept Porter will be an only child until she miraculously fell pregnant eight months after Porter’s birth.
“I went to my GP about my irregular periods to ask for some medication to try and help regulate them.
“The doctor made me do a pregnancy test to double check I wasn’t before she subscribed me anything and to both of our surprise, I was!
“We were both in total shock, Michael couldn’t believe it either. Our dreams had finally come true and now we have the most perfect daughter called Piper, who is four weeks old.”