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Fertility Press

“It Eats Me Up…” – The Telegraph

Sometimes it takes barely a moment for a lifetime of dreams to be shattered.

For me and my husband Jonny that moment came in 2013, in the London consulting room of a gynaecologist we were seeing to investigate excruciating abdominal pain and ask why I was struggling to fall pregnant.

Frantic googling had already me convinced I had endometriosis, a condition which affects the womb lining and makes it difficult to conceive, but I thought this was a problem that could be fixed – until a laparoscopic investigation confirmed that my womb effectively looked like a warzone…

Read the full article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/six-failed-rounds-ivf-can-hope-miracle/

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Sharing our story with Red Magazine

Just before our series started on BBC’s Radio 4, I met with Natasha Lunn – the wonderful features editor at Red Magazine.

What was supposed to be a quick chat turned into a two hour breakfast meeting as we both opened our hearts and talked about fertility.  A woman’s inherent desire to have a child verses the obstacles.  Meeting someone you want to have a child with.  Career.  Age.  Biological clocks.  Bad damn luck.

That day I agreed to write an article for the February 2018 edition of Red Magazine.  It took a lot to do it, but as I say in the article, “when you feel like you can’t go on, somehow you do.”

Fertility Radio

The Fertility Podcast

Once our PM series was underway, I was approached by Natalie Silverman from ‘The Fertility Podcast’ to ask if she could interview me about our work so far.

It felt like a strange request… it was my job to interview people about their lives.  What would I say?

Turns out, I had a lot to say.  In fact, I didn’t take a breath!  As you can hear:

Thank you to Natalie for finding me, and asking me to be a part of your fantastic podcast series.

Fertility TV

Surviving Christmas Webinar

Christmas can be a hideous time for people who can’t have children.

In December 2017, I was approached by Tasha Jennings, a Naturopath and Nutritionist from Australia whose personal struggle with fertility prompted her to help others trying to conceive.

Tasha asked me if I would be her expert guest for a webinar session entitled “Surviving Christmas with Infertility”.  So one morning before work, I sat and had a chat with this lovely lady from across the pond.

Thank you for having me Tasha, I look forward to the next one.

Fertility Radio

Our interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2

“I don’t think we’ll ever accept the idea that we won’t meet our own biological baby…”

On our fifth wedding anniversary we spoke to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2.  A big deal for both of us, of course – he’s a legend.

Jeremy wanted to know exactly what it’s like for a couple to face many years of fertility problems.

So we told him:

We felt strong as we told Jeremy our story… until we started taking calls.

One brave lady called Sharon had not only faced five rounds of IVF, but during the treatment her husband passed away.

It broke my heart, and made me realise how lucky we are.

Fertility Press Radio

Bio News Review

The best review we received so far.  Thank you Bio News.

“As a whole, the radio series achieves what it sets out to do. It offers listeners a window into the tumultuous world of assisted reproduction and demonstrates just how pervasive the desire to start a family can be when all attempts to conceive naturally fail. It is open and honest and isn’t afraid to shine a spotlight on the darker emotions that can descend when future plans seem unattainable.

It is very easy as a listener to become invested in Sophie and Jonny’s journey and I would thoroughly recommend the series to anyone who has experienced their own fertility struggles. The series would also be of benefit to anyone wanting to gain an understanding of how best to support friends or family through fertility treatment.”

Full review here: https://www.bionews.org.uk/page_96296

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“Sophie Sulehria reveals the torment of six failed IVF treatments…” – The Daily Mail

BBC presenter who has spent four years trying to have a baby has told how she would sometimes hide at home because she is so afraid of seeing pregnant women.

Sophie Sulehria said that – after six failed rounds of IVF – she has had to miss birthday parties and walk out of shops because she finds the sight of expectant mothers so upsetting…

Full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5048359/BBC-host-s-unsuccessful-40-000-IVF-treatment-ordeal.html

Fertility Radio

Our Fertility Series on PM, BBC Radio 4

After IVF failed for us, my husband Jonny and I have been exploring alternative parenting options and documenting this for The PM Programme on BBC Radio 4.

During the series we look at donor conception, adoption, the male side of things, foster to adopt, overseas adoption, and a life without children.

Listen to the full series here: Our Fertility Series

Infertility is an issue that affects so many…

Approximately 3.5 million people in the UK have trouble conceiving naturally.  Around 50,000 of these people seek help from fertility doctors every year.  Yet IVF is only successful for 30% of them.  Then what do people do?

That’s why we are sharing our experience, in the hope that others in the same boat can take something from it.

Thank you to Eddie and the team at PM for their support, and for totally getting behind this subject.  Please do listen, share, comment, and keep talking.

Thank you x