I went through the menopause… aged 12

The Sun

July 14, 2011

A WOMAN who went through the menopause aged 12 has made a desperate appeal for an egg donor after a seven-year struggle to have a baby.

Sarah Johnson is thought to be the youngest woman in Britain to suffer from the change, which usually affects women over 50.

The nursery nurse was just a schoolgirl when she began suffering symptoms, including hot flushes and weight gain.

And she stopped having periods when she was 12, just as her friends were entering puberty.

She told her mum, who booked an appointment with her GP – and, after extensive tests for cancer, thyroid and hormone problems, the youngster was left devastated when she was told she was going through early menopause.

Sarah was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Mosaic Turner Syndrome, which means she will never be able to conceive naturally.

She was put on hormone replacement therapy when she was just 14 in a bid to treat the side effects.

But now Sarah, 27, fears she will never fulfil her dream of having a baby.

She said: “Children are a big thing in my family. I have one sister, two brothers, seven nephews and nieces and another on the way. It’s a big family.

“Being told I wouldn’t have a baby aged 12 was especially hard after seeing my nieces being born.

“It wasn’t spoken about by my family so it wouldn’t upset me.

“It knocked my confidence. I have always been interested in boys but I was shy around them because, if I got serious, I would have to tell them about my condition and they would be scared off. I didn’t have boyfriends at school.”

The pretty brunette kept her condition a secret from pals until she turned 17.

She revealed all after she had met her future husband, IT administrator Vinny, now 32, while working as a waitress.

The pair hit it off immediately and Sarah told him about her condition shortly after they started dating. She said: “I was open about my condition with him after our first date.

“I said, ‘If you want to carry on I have something to tell you’.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.