Sheree Hargreaves is only 19 years old.
But she has experienced conditions like women aged 50 years and over. Since adolescence, she was diagnosed with premature menopause.
Sheree, a girl from Lancashire, England, looks like an average woman who is growing up.
With glasses, long hair, happy to wear casual clothes, and go to college every day.
However, Sheree has a rare condition.
At a very young age, she was menopausal which made her unable to have children from her own womb.
Even sadder, she knew the results of the diagnosis from the age of 15.
This University of York student was diagnosed with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), which is a condition in which the ovaries stop functioning normally before the age of 40.
The news shocked her that she didn’t dare tell friends and family about her condition.
Only her father and mother knew at that time.
Experiencing premature menopause made Sheree’s dream to conceive and have children run aground.
Moreover, she had to face this fact when he was still a child herself, which is 15 years old.
“Not being able to have children naturally worried me a lot when I was a teenager so I wanted to keep it a secret.”
“Every time a friend is menstruating, I bring a sanitary pad and tampon and pretend that I am menstruating too,” said Sheree, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Sheree Hargreaves never had her period.
When he was a teenager she didn’t really care about it but when she went to the hospital, the doctor was shocked, because she didn’t have her period yet at the age of 15.
Every night while sleeping, Sheree’s body was drenched in sweat and fever.
Then on certain days she feels very tired like a grandma.
Initially doctors suspected she had a brain tumor.
CT scans and blood tests showed nothing was wrong with her brain.
However, their estrogen levels are very low which indicates early menopause.
Even more surprising, Sheree’s ovarian follicles also decreased, meaning that she started menopause early at the age of six.
“I’ve always wanted to have kids so seeing the ultrasound and knowing that no child would develop in the womb really broke my heart.”
“The reason that saddens me the most is that there is no known cause for my POI.”
“According to doctors not because of genetics but they are also not sure,” he said.
Now Sheree can accept the state and condition of her body.
Since entering college, Sheree has learned to enjoy the time as much as possible, by participating in various activities with her friends.
Although at times she felt tired faster than others.