You may be wondering what the Olympics could possibly have in common with IVF. Well, quite a lot actually! From overcoming hurdles you face along the way to that long awaited sprint to the finish line, read on to find out more about the ups and downs of infertility and IVF.
The picture on the left was taken whilst I was waiting for my husband to be wheeled back from his surgical sperm retrieval. I don’t know why I took this picture! I guess I just thought it was they were nice flowers that had been painted on the wall!
Thinking back to that moment though, it has made me realise what a waiting game IVF is. This time last year, my husband and I were on our two week wait. However, earlier that year in April 2011, the two week wait felt like a lifetime away. Once we started treatment though a few weeks later, I was surprised by how fast everything got moving. Much like the Olympics, you wait for years for it to happen and then it’s all over in a matter of weeks. You either come away with one or more gold medals or you leave with nothing but a hole in your pocket.
Trying to create a new life is such an amazing, wonderful thing. Just close your eyes for a moment and imagine, actually imagine, what it takes for your body to do such a wonderful thing.
A baby is what many couples dream of. Someone to love and hold, to cuddle and take care of. To some people it comes easy. For others, they face many hurdles along the way.
- How would you and your partner feel if you have to go down the IVF route?
- NHS or Private? I would suggest considering both these options. I appreciate that having private treatment can be expensive but on the plus side, things do get moving quicker if you opt for private treatment
- Have you got a good support network? There are lots of good forums and websites available online. It’s a very personal decision, but if you do decide to tell your friends and family they can be a great support system for you
- How would you feel if IVF doesn’t work for you? Also consider what impact you think this will have on your relationship