Saying Goodbye to Our Embryos

A little over six years ago my husband and I welcomed our twin girls into the world. After going through IVF we were very lucky that we had nine embryos successfully fertilised. Two of those were placed back into me and resulted in our twins, the other seven were frozen for possible future use. I’ve written previously about the struggle my husband and I face every year when we receive a letter through the door from the clinic asking us if we’d like to renew, donate or let our embryos perish. For the last six years we’ve chosen to renew… [Read More]

IVF: Your Options at a Glance

IVF isn’t a subject that people tend to think about until they really have to. For many people the ins and outs of IVF are as simple as going to a clinic, seeing a consultant and walking out a few months later pregnant. However, those who have been through IVF will know all too well that it’s not that simple. For example, did you know that there are many different types of IVF depending on your individual circumstances? Here’s a quick glance into just a few of the types of IVF that are available: In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Intracytoplasmic Sperm… [Read More]

The Reality of Having Premature Twins: My Story for World Prematurity Day

Today is World Prematurity Day. A global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the devastating impact it can have on families. I previously worked with Pampers when they first launched their nappies for premature babies. Read about this here. I’m pleased to be working with Pampers again to highlight World Prematurity Day. Did you know that approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year? That’s roughly 1 in 11 of all births. With so many babies being born too soon, it’s reassuring to know that the survival rate of premature babies in the UK is… [Read More]

IVF with donor eggs – how to start your journey

The journey to parenthood may not be easy, but it certainly doesn’t have to be lonely. Many women and couples who are trying to conceive turn for help to fertility forums, blogs run by women, men or couples battling infertility, or local community support groups. Fertility blogs, in particular, offer a unique opportunity to read, often intimate, but always incredibly honest accounts of IVF with donor eggs, in a such way that you can relate to the blogger. You can always leave a comment and you can be sure that there is someone out there on the other side who… [Read More]

The Benefit of Online Fertility Consultations

Online Fertility Consultations with IVF Matters If, like me, you have experienced or are still going through the IVF route, you are likely to know that it is, more often than not, an incredibly time-consuming process. You want nothing more than to be able to speak to the medical professionals quickly and in-depth, rather than having to settle for somewhat hurried, ten minute appointments with your GP, whilst having to wait for weeks in between to be recommended for a referral or to collect your results. However, a new wave of support now exists. Following in the footsteps of the… [Read More]

Tick, Tock: Pay Heed to Your Biological Clock!

The sound of a clock ticking can be one of the most irritating noises, conjuring images of minutes slipping away during difficult exams or the seemingly endless minutes waiting to fall asleep. So it’s no wonder that for many women, the tendency is to push that biological clock into a place where it can be safely ignored. However, for many women, the sound of the biological clock ticking can turn into alarm bells when the time comes to start a family. Women may “oversleep,” so to speak, missing the chance to start a family without intervention. And sometimes, interventions may… [Read More]