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To start with we would just like to say that we hate asking for help and don’t want to beg for money. We just want to ask that any money our friends and relatives would usually spend on our birthdays or christmas presents be contributed towards the making of baby Phipps. Any extra would be a bonus. You can never know how much we appreciate this and want to thank you in advance for reading our story and contributing to making our dream of having a family a reality.
I was diagnosed at the age of 14 with polycystic ovary syndrome which came with a number of embarrassing symptoms. I was told that later in life I may struggle to have children but at 14 it was the last thing on my mind.
Fast forward to 2012 when Adam and I started ‘trying’ and the reality and the struggle became apparent with my irregular cycles and not a sniff of a positive pregnancy test.
In early 2014 the GP referred us to our local infertility centre. We waited several months before meeting our consultant and we underwent several investiagtions and were poked and prodded and had to provide many different samples of bodily fluids. The outcome was that Adams swimmers were perfect but I could not ovulate on my own. We were prescribed 6 months of Clomid which is an ovulation inducting medication. We made the decision that due to our planned wedding for october 2014 to put the tablets on hold until we were settled in our new marraige and new house.
In 2015 we began clomid and we suffered the mood swings and hot flushes together but although blood tests were showing that I was ovulating, we never got a positive pregnancy test. It took several months before we got another consultant appointment and we were then prescribed a further ovulation inducting medication called letrozole and metformin to help my PCOS. After 3 months I was fed up, unhappy and suffering pelvic pain from the medication so a decision was made to stop. We knew that the next step was IVF but we were not ready for the big leap yet so chose to continue trying naturally and enjoy life.
In early 2017 we returned to meet our consultant but due to Adam not quitting smoking they would not put us on the IVF waiting list. He had to have quit for 6 months, so 6 months later we went back and were put on the very long waiting list.
In early 2018 we signed our consent forms and the wait for ‘our month’ began. 2 months of calling the fertility centre when my monthlys arrived passed. We felt disappointed and were told ‘sorry, not this month.’ We were left wondering would it ever be our turn?
On the third month I called the fertility centre and waited for the call back for the nurse. I had prepared myself for another let down but as the phone rang and I sat with everything crossed we finally got the go ahead and I was invited in for my baseline scan and to collect my medication-our journey had began and I couldn’t contain my emotions.
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