My journey of infertility started 20 years ago with a diagnosis of endometriosis. Laparoscopy diagnosed mild endometriosis when I was 24 years old. The common phrase “you are young enough to keep trying” still haunts me today.

Further laparoscopy following my IVF showed the endometriosis had developed to the worst stage and hysterectomy was recommended (although this has been avoided so far).

Having undertaken numerous cycles of IVF via Leeds, I can totally appreciate the peaks and troughs of emotions that take place and the feelings of utter helplessness. The staff within Leeds was an asset in answering all questions and supporting me on my journey.

IVF in itself is hard, setting the alarm for your injections, with fear something will be missed or injected incorrectly. I am in the nursing profession myself, but still managed to incorrectly administer an injection due to all my common sense going out the window when having to inject myself.

IVF treatment is often described as an emotional roller-coaster. Unless you have been through it, there is no way to describe the depth of that roller-coaster. Many questions flash through your mind:

  • Can I cope with losing control?
  • What if it hurts?
  • What if there are no eggs?
  • What if there is no fertilisation to name just a few.

Leeds showed there is always someone on the end of a phone to help answer any questions; small queries can turn into huge problems so never be afraid to ask what, to you, may seem minor but can be easily resolved.

Following all of my IVF treatments, with many negative outcomes, we, as a couple, made the decision to continue our life childfree. This was a decision that never felt right for us, with questions always in the back of our
mind, “what if?”

We accessed the counselling team at Leeds, who helped us appreciate there was life after IVF, and there are other forms to become a parent. We chose adoption as a route to becoming parents, and fast forward numerous more years of emotional pressure, and we are the proud parents of 3 full siblings, hence the decision to call this of “my success story”.