Woman who went through menopause at 13 after one period now has two miracle kids

A woman who went through menopause at 13 after just one period – has had two miracle kids.

Claire Pape, who lives in Beverley, East Yorks, was puzzled when her menstrual cycle only occurred once as a teen.

She experienced hot sweats and mood swings but her parents assumed it was a part of puberty.

After years of tests it was finally discovered she had gone through menopause and at the age of 17 she was told she would never have children.

But despite the odds Claire, now 43, is the proud mum of Louie, 15, and Isabelle, five, who were conceived via egg donation.

The business owner, who sells prints, said: “I am sharing my story to give other women with premature ovarian insufficiency some hope.

“My ovaries stopped functioning at 13, I had one period before my 14th birthday.

“As my ovaries were never used yet they disintegrated. It is heartbreaking but it is something I learnt to accept at a very young age.

“I was told at 17 that I will never have children, but now I am the proud mum of two.”

Growing up Claire always wanted to become a mum.

She felt ‘lonely’ as her friends didn’t understand what she was going through.

She said: “I was taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from the age of 17.

“Most girls my age didn’t even know what that was. It was awful and a massive shock to the system.

‘It was a lonely experience but I took it in my stride.”

Clare had one round of IVF for free on the NHS in 2004 but sadly it failed.

The next round cost £1,800 as she already had frozen eggs.

It was a success and Louie was born.

But it wasn’t plain sailing from there as the mum miscarried twins and suffered an ectopic pregnancy which is when the egg fertilises outside the womb.

She said: “IVF began taking its toll on my body and mental health. I did want to give up after the ectopic pregnancy as it was devastating.

“But after a few years, I realised I have nothing to lose. Being a mum is all I have ever wanted.

“It cost £15,500 for three more rounds of IVF.

“I want other women who have gone through menopause early to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“There are other routes to motherhood. I have told my children since babies that I needed to use another woman’s seed.

“Louie is a teenager so he understands more now but it hasn’t affected our bond.

“I adore my children and they were worth the struggle to get here.”