Teenger Mum, Who Got Pregnant Before She Hɪᴛ The ᴍᴇɴᴏᴘᴀᴜsᴇ At Just 22
The teen was bullied for her decision… but is now confident she made the right choice. The mum-of-two, from Middlesbrough, had been plagued by years of heavy periods since she was nine years old – before eventually being ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀʏ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ (PCOS).
She was advised the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ would make it hard for her to conceive – and decided to take the plunge and get pregnant. Just two years after Kirstin’s first daughter was born, she was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴄᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ and ended up going into early ᴍᴇɴᴏᴘᴀᴜsᴇ – at the age of 22.
Now aged 25, Kirstin said: “I have hot Fʟᴜsʜᴇs, sᴡᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ, ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴘᴀɪɴ, sᴡᴏʟʟᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛs constantly. I’m infertile but I have my girls. I made the right choice.”
Kirstin was just nine when she started her period – and was soon ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴍᴇɴᴏʀʀʜᴀɢɪᴀ, abnormally heavy ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ.
An ultrasound at the James Cook University Hospital in August 2000 revealed Kirstin had ᴄʏsᴛs ᴏɴ ʜᴇʀ ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴇs. Her periods would last up to 10 days, and Kirstin had to change her protection 10 times a day. once ʟᴏsᴛ so much ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ that she had to have a ᴛʀᴀɴsFᴜsɪᴏɴ and stay in hospital for a week.
Kirstin met her boyfriend, sales assistant Jon Gray, at college – and he encouraged her to see a specialist in 2008. On December 27 that year, Kirstin received news that she was pregnant – after visiting her GP about ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ʟᴏss.
She said: “Most parents might be angry their 17-year-old daughter was pregnant. But my family were pleased for us because they knew how much we’d been through. We felt very ʙʟᴇssᴇᴅ.”Alissa was born on August 13, 2009, but just a month later Kirstin was given the news her ᴄʏsᴛs were back and she only had one year to try for another baby.
She said: “I was mortified and convinced a year wasn’t enough time.”
Luckily, she fell pregnant again in March 2010 and Emily was born on December 11 that year. In July 2011, Kirstin visited her GP after her bright red and ᴘᴀɪɴFᴜʟ periods, and spotting, and was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴄᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ following a smear test.
Then in 2012, a gynaecologist at the James Cook Hospital ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ Kirstin with ᴇɴᴅᴏᴍᴇᴛʀɪᴏsɪs, ᴀ ᴄʜʀᴏɴɪᴄ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ where tissue that behaves like the ʟɪɴɪɴɢ of the womb is found outside the womb. Doctors recommended putting her in ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴍᴇɴᴏᴘᴀᴜsᴇ aged 22, which was brought on with injections every three weeks for three years.