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Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) - I was diagnosed 4 years ago at the age of 30.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 29, 2014
  • 08:03 PM

Back then it was called Premature Ovarian Failure. The name may have come a long way, but the medical profession's awareness and understanding of it sure has not. Here's an example of what I mean:

I had a LEEP performed yesterday (not related to the POI) to have some carcinoma in-situ (pre-cancerours cells) removed from my cervix. Standard procedure is to give anyone of child-bearing age a pregnancy test before the LEEP. But where did I fit in?

Unsure, the nurse consulted one doctor who told her not to worry about it. This confused the rest of the medical team - "But she's only 34." "Is she completely unable to have children?" "Was she treated for cancer?" "Has she had a hysterectomy?" etc.

Finally, after being wheeled into the operating room my surgeon asks why I had not had a pregnancy test and reprimands the other doctor. Of course there is a chance I could be pregnant (4-8%, maybe up to 10% - though my naturopathic doctor would say the %'s are so high because of frequent misdiagnosis).

So after unsuccessfully giving me the options of peeing right there in front of everyone on a bed pan (after not being allowed liquids for the previous 7 hours) or receiving a catheter, the nurse anesthetist pumps me full of liquids and the team finally takes pity on me and wheels me back out to the pre-op room to have a piddle in privacy.

While wheeling me back to the room, I overhear one of the nurses telling another the back story - "If by some miracle she might be pregnant..."

Good grief.

And these professionals work at the highly esteemed Mayo Clinic (I will say, the rest of my experience was wonderful).

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