In October 2014, Amber and her fiancé Chris decided to start trying for a baby and a few months later in February she began experiencing hot flushes, around 20 a day.
“I decided to go to the doctor and he joked saying maybe I was going through menopause, I just laughed it off,” she told House of White.
“It was decided I just had a virus and was to rest.”
Amber went for a second opinion and she was told her follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) level was at 75, which is menopause range. Anything higher than 10-15 may indicate diminished fertility. At the time, Amber was only 23.
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Menopause that happens earlier than the expected age of around 50 years is called premature or early menopause. This may be due to primary ovarian insufficiency.
“My sister is the most beautiful lady you will ever meet inside and out,” she says. “Taylor has been in a long term relationship but does not have children of her own.
“Taylor was a trooper injecting herself morning and night to stimulate her follicles. I also went on the pill to make our cycles co-inside then started taking medication to make my lining thicker to house the embryo.”
The first round of IVF was unsuccessful, but the second time was a success and Amber called Taylor over to show her the tests.
“I showed her the tests and she burst out crying, it was the best feeling in the world,” she says. “A week later I started bleeding and was rushed in for a scan, to my surprise I was bleeding because I was pregnant with twins!”