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A blog about what to expect when you’re not expecting.  

Introduction

Introduction

The unthinkable has happened. At the ripe old age of 37, I have found myself longing to commit my innermost thoughts to paper as I did so freely during my adolescence. Only this time, the subject matter is slightly more hard-hitting. (I’m sure my 16-yr-old self would...

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One. Little. Egg

One. Little. Egg

And so, our time in Athens was coming to an end. The clinic prescribed an entire carrier bag’s worth of medication for my return to Athens at the end of March and some strong antibiotics to reduce the likelihood of infection following the hysteroscopy. As we discussed...

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IVF in Athens

IVF in Athens

It’s our first appointment at our new clinic in Athens and I am a little excited. For the first time in a long time I feel positive and hopeful. The sun is shining – so much so that even the Greeks keep remarking on how unexpectedly warm it is for the time of year,...

read more
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Athens we’ll go…

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Athens we’ll go…

We have decided to embark upon an embryo banking cycle with a clinic in Athens. There were many reasons for this decision: The results haven’t been brilliant with the approaches we’ve taken here in the UK. Our UK clinic wanted to repeat the procedure in the exact same...

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Craig David’s, um, ‘Two days’?

Craig David’s, um, ‘Two days’?

2020 has been a year of big changes already. After our second failed cycle, I decided to leave my job in order to focus on our physically and emotionally draining fertility treatment. I then realised that I would also need to sell my car if I were to make the mortgage...

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Good girls gone mild

Good girls gone mild

Given the recent revelation that I am SO unlikely to be successful with IVF that fertility insurance brokers won’t go near me, I have started investigating gentler approaches to IVF: ‘natural’ and ‘mild’. Now, if the names are anything to go by, they are altogether...

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Baby or money back?

Baby or money back?

Feeling uncharacteristically hopeful after stumbling upon a refund-based IVF financing plan. “Have a baby, or your money back” the tag-line screams. The small print explains that you can receive a 90% refund if treatment is unsuccessful; ‘success’ being defined as...

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Look at what you could have won…

Look at what you could have won…

Received response from fertility insurance broker with encouragingly optimistic name. Sadly, the contents of the email do not align with the unwavering positivity brimming from their branding. I am not eligible for super-duper Unlimited Refund Programme due to my...

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Utter CoQ up

Utter CoQ up

My acupuncturist recently supplied me with an overwhelmingly extensive list of supplements, to aid fertility. Armed with said list and renewed optimism, I immediately located the nearest health shop, keen to part with the £90 necessary to be that reviewer on the...

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About Me

Infertility affects 1 in 7 couples. I am one half of one of these couples. It’s a club that nobody wants to join, yet the members are some of the strongest, wittiest and most resilient people I know. Trying to conceive has been unexpectedly difficult and the hardest challenge I have faced. But there are funny moments in every journey and this blog aims to capture as many of them as humanly possible. If you are on this journey too, I hope it makes you feel less alone. And to the other 6 in 7; welcome along – your support is invaluable. 

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Introduction

Introduction

The unthinkable has happened. At the ripe old age of 37, I have found myself longing to commit my innermost thoughts to paper as I did so freely during my adolescence. Only this time, the subject matter is slightly more hard-hitting. (I’m sure my 16-yr-old self would...

read more
One. Little. Egg

One. Little. Egg

And so, our time in Athens was coming to an end. The clinic prescribed an entire carrier bag’s worth of medication for my return to Athens at the end of March and some strong antibiotics to reduce the likelihood of infection following the hysteroscopy. As we discussed...

read more
An egg collection and a hysteroscopy with Kenneth

An egg collection and a hysteroscopy with Kenneth

The next few days in Athens passed by rather uneventfully, which was welcome given recent revelations. We visited the popular tourist attractions: the Acropolis and the Parthenon and, for a short time, we forgot that we were visiting Greece for IVF treatment as we had...

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IVF in Athens

IVF in Athens

It’s our first appointment at our new clinic in Athens and I am a little excited. For the first time in a long time I feel positive and hopeful. The sun is shining – so much so that even the Greeks keep remarking on how unexpectedly warm it is for the time of year,...

read more
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Athens we’ll go…

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Athens we’ll go…

We have decided to embark upon an embryo banking cycle with a clinic in Athens. There were many reasons for this decision: The results haven’t been brilliant with the approaches we’ve taken here in the UK. Our UK clinic wanted to repeat the procedure in the exact same...

read more
Craig David’s, um, ‘Two days’?

Craig David’s, um, ‘Two days’?

2020 has been a year of big changes already. After our second failed cycle, I decided to leave my job in order to focus on our physically and emotionally draining fertility treatment. I then realised that I would also need to sell my car if I were to make the mortgage...

read more
Good girls gone mild

Good girls gone mild

Given the recent revelation that I am SO unlikely to be successful with IVF that fertility insurance brokers won’t go near me, I have started investigating gentler approaches to IVF: ‘natural’ and ‘mild’. Now, if the names are anything to go by, they are altogether...

read more
Baby or money back?

Baby or money back?

Feeling uncharacteristically hopeful after stumbling upon a refund-based IVF financing plan. “Have a baby, or your money back” the tag-line screams. The small print explains that you can receive a 90% refund if treatment is unsuccessful; ‘success’ being defined as...

read more
Look at what you could have won…

Look at what you could have won…

Received response from fertility insurance broker with encouragingly optimistic name. Sadly, the contents of the email do not align with the unwavering positivity brimming from their branding. I am not eligible for super-duper Unlimited Refund Programme due to my...

read more
Utter CoQ up

Utter CoQ up

My acupuncturist recently supplied me with an overwhelmingly extensive list of supplements, to aid fertility. Armed with said list and renewed optimism, I immediately located the nearest health shop, keen to part with the £90 necessary to be that reviewer on the...

read more

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