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Woman Who Went through Menopause at 13 Becomes a Mom of Two

Lois Oladejo
Sep 12, 2021
06:20 A.M.
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A woman experienced a remarkable turnaround in her sad story when she defied the doctor's predictions and became a mom of two. She hopes her story will inspire other women never to give up.


Claire Pape, an East Yorkshire resident, experienced the miracle of motherhood after spending half her life believing she would never become a mom.

The woman's daunting journey began when she experienced her first menstrual cycle at 13. After that first period, her reproductive system seemed to encounter a problem, as she never experienced another cycle again.

Claire Pape and her two children | Source: twitter.com/nypost

Claire Pape and her two children | Source: twitter.com/nypost


During her adolescence, Pape experienced hot sweats and mood swings, as common to older women hitting menopause. But her parents thought nothing of it, barely dismissing those happenings as part of puberty.

After waiting years for her period to return to no avail, she eventually sought medical aid. At 17, the doctors discovered she had gone through menopause years back, after just one cycle.

By implication, all her eggs had disintegrated without being utilized. After explaining the medical jargon, the doctors gave her the heartbreaking news that she would never have children.


She lived with the harsh reality for years, all the while remaining hopeful. She began taking Hormone Replacement Therapy from the age of 17 when most of her peers never knew such medication existed.

The experience made her feel detached from her friends while growing up, making her feel alone most of the time. Notwithstanding, she remained dauntless as she strived to beat the implication of her early menopause and become a mom.

But the 43-year-old failed to give up, figuring she had nothing to lose.


Eventually, Pape got her miracle. As medical experts learned of her rare condition, they became more interested in her case, hoping to get a medical breakthrough.

In 2004, the NHS sponsored one round of IVF for Pape to help her conceive. To her dismay, the procedure failed, making her more hopeless than ever.

Yet, she kept pushing, eventually taking up the mantle herself. Pape spent £1,800 on another round of IVF without being daunted by the first failure. She utilized pre-frozen eggs for the procedure.


This time, she succeeded, leading to the birth of her now-teenage son, Louie. After her son's birth, the mom decided to try again to add another bundle of joy to her family.

However, she recorded several failures, including miscarrying twins, an ectopic pregnancy, financial limitations, and health challenges. Eventually, the repeated IVF procedures began taking a toll on the woman's body and mental health.

But the 43-year-old failed to give up, figuring she had nothing to lose. Pape's determination eventually paid off. She welcomed her daughter, Isabelle, after three unsuccessful rounds of IVF procedures that cost up to £15,000 (over $20,000).


Now a mom of two miracle kids, the Beverly woman hopes other women experiencing early menopause would become inspired by her story. She shared:

"I want other women who have gone through menopause early to know there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are other routes to motherhood."

Not only did Pape become a mom, but she also established a lasting bond with both her kids, who are fast-growing into adulthood.

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