It’s been a year since we went public about our struggle with fertility. In October 2017 we shared our story with the BBC… and it was incredibly difficult.
We’ve gone on to write lots of articles, spoken at important fertility events, made a series for Radio 4’s PM Programme, and produced a podcast called The Long Road to Baby
This week my article Desperate for a Baby went out across the BBC going some way to explaining how fertility conditions can affect the people around us… our friends and family.
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/
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.”
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
A 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
Every year around 50,000 people turn to IVF clinics across the UK, hoping to achieve their dream of parenthood. But despite almost 40 years of research, the treatment fails 70% of the time.
Then what do you do?
On the 23rd October my husband Jonny and I decided open up about our own personal problems we’d faced while trying to have a baby. After six failed rounds of IVF, my low ovarian reserve and severe endometriosis was proving difficult to beat.
It would seem our hope of having a baby was disappearing fast.
Read our story here