The Fertility Clinic Open Evening

June 17, 2012
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/

Our story began back in April 2011

My husband and I longed to have a baby together. However, it wasn’t a simple case of ditch the pill and get jiggy in the bedroom! You see, my husband was married before he met me and he has three children by his ex wife. Over ten years ago, he had a vasectomy.

On Thursday, the 14th of April 2011, my husband and I attended an open evening at a private fertility clinic. Neither of us knew what to expect and we were both nervous. Would we be eligible for treatment? Could we afford all the costs? Would it work first time? Would it hurt? These, along with a million other questions raced through our minds.

Fortunately, by chance I came across a fertility forum online. It was filled with men and women who were having treatment at the same clinic. Some of them were just starting out on their fertility journeys, whereas others had already had many failed attempts.

It broke our hearts reading some of the experiences these women and their families had been through. So much heart ache and lost dreams. We hoped so much that we would be fortunate enough to have our baby on our first attempt. Of course, along with the heart ache were the positive stories of successful treatments. The people on the forum were so supportive and friendly and they answered all of our questions. Soon, I started seeing these men and women as my friends. Although, we had never met, it didn’t matter because we were all on the same path, hoping that it would lead us all to the same place….a baby. A precious bundle of joy.

Anyway, back to the open evening. It was great! The staff had the right balance of professionalism and friendliness. The facilities available were fantastic. It didn’t feel how I imagined a ‘clinic’ would feel. It felt relaxed and warm. The rooms were comfortable and even had TVs! On our way home that night, my husband and I decided that this was the place for us to start our journey, our treatment, our IVF.

We were told that we would need ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection). ICSI is when one single sperm is injected into one egg. The number of eggs you produce depends on how you respond to the drugs. We found out how much the ICSI package would cost. The figure we were given excluded the cost of the drugs and we really had no idea how much this would add up to. The initial cost of the ICSI package was slightly more than we had imagined, but, somehow I knew we would cope.

So, on Wednesday the 25th May 2011, we had our first consultation…

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