Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) occurs when the ovaries no longer work effectively in women under the age of 40. Different terms are used interchangeably for POI, such as ‘premature menopause’ and ‘primary ovarian failure’. It is a fairly common condition, affecting around 1% of people and can sometimes be a cause of fertility problems.
Maria talks about the effect PCOS has had on her life, to the impact she now has through her business. Uncover more of Maria’s story, where she discusses her initial diagnoses, starting her family, and more.
I first decided to share the story of my fertility issues in a blog post on Mother’s Day 2019. Until that day, as a writer covering restaurant reviews and chef interviews, my site was mostly about the intracies of the latest pop-up's crab-stuffed doughnuts or the best places to eat in Brighton. But, unbeknownst to almost everyone, my husband and I had recently suffered a devastating miscarriage and two unsuccessful IVF cycles.
I now remember that day… I was probably 16 and had irregular periods. My mum took me to see a gynaecologist and she said: “You have Polycystic ovaries and one day you will probably have troubles getting pregnant”.