Infertility

7 Women Who Don't Have Children Reveal Why Your Assumptions About Them Are Wrong

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In 2017, there’s still a societal expectation that women will have children, but in reality, womanhood is not synonymous with motherhood. The most ...

Find Your Emotional Resilience Superpower

Russell Davis | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Russell Davis

Trying to get pregnant or going through fertility treatment such as IVF can be exhausting emotionally. They call it an emotional roller-coaster for a reason. However it doesn't have to be. We have greater emotional resources and resilience than we think. What I learnt on our journey is that it was my future thinking that kept me on the roller-coaster.

Eating For Fertility

Jodie Brandman | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

Throughout my time as a nutritional therapist I've seen so many women struggling to conceive. Whether it's PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis or a general hormone imbalance, there is so much that can be done to support the body and reverse chronic conditions.

An Infertile Woman's Letter To Her Unborn Child

Sharron Phillips | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I'm sorry you have to wait so long, we are trying so hard to get you here. Can you wait a little while longer? You are still the twinkle in the stars for now as my body just can't keep you safe. I'm so sorry about that. I'm working hard to make a change to make it safe.

'No Happy Ending' - The IVF Story That Doesn't Often Get Told

Carly Ellen Lee | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Carly Ellen Lee

Perhaps we could share our news? Our third bloods a week after that were right on track, perfect. Then the pregnancy symptoms started to kick in. Do you know how good it feels to finally actually feel pregnant? The tiredness, sickness and constant peeing meant it felt real. It wasn't just a number on a scale.

Mummy's Heart - The End Of Maternity Leave

Deb Bunn | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

Just 18 short months ago my heart was breaking because it was looking like I would never be a mummy. Having spent years of loving my nieces and nephews and waiting my turn, I was facing the reality that I might not ever have a child of my own. I was sad and getting sadder.

The Demon Voice Tormenting A Fat Girl

Sharron Phillips | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I have gone many years as a "chunky monkey", I think the very truth of the matter is that I have always felt like "that girl" - the plain, frumpy one, the DUFF. I was always the ugly one out of my friends. I hate that word 'ugly', but for the purposes of this blog and honesty that's how I felt.

Coping With Infertility On Father's Day

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Geetha Venkat

Joining a support group can often be a good idea where you can share your emotions amongst caring, like-minded individuals. At HSFC we know the fertility journey can be very stressful and we believe that reducing this stress will contribute significantly to your overall health and well-being.

Natural And Mild IVF - How Fertility Treatment Has Moved On From My Day

Diane Chandler | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Diane Chandler

I was honoured recently to speak on the same platform as Geeta Nargund, Founder and Medical Director of CREATE Fertilty. Organised by City Parents, a network for professional parents, the lunchtime event was attended by both men and women struggling to conceive. I was asked to talk about my personal journey through IVF.

I Am Sorry We Can't Have Children. A Letter To My Husband

Sharron Phillips | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I am so sorry that I am the reason you might not get to experience fatherhood. I wish I could change what we have been through. I wish that I could change what I have and we could have had a normal progression from two to three. I can't.

A Heartfelt Insight Into The World Of Infertility

Shafali Talisa Arya | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shafali Talisa Arya

I frequently come across many books that aim to shed some light on the infertility experience and whilst each one of them put their own unique spin on the experience, I was yet to be fully captivated by some of the titles I had read, until Moondance.

The Non-Mum Network

Samantha Walsh | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Walsh

Years later, feeling strong and positive once more, I made a conscious decision not to let the whole experience of being turned away from the Mum Club continue to get me down. I had a lightbulb moment - an idea so obvious that I instantly wondered why I'd not come up with it sooner: I'd open my own club.

Does My Infertility Make You Uncomfortable?

Sharron Phillips | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I can honestly say, even though I did feel jealous, I was always happy for them. At first I would say, "Oh don't be silly, don't feel bad telling me! I am fine!" Finding myself comforting them through the experience of having to tell their defective friend they were getting their bundle of joy after only a couple of months of trying.

To The Doctor Who Heard My Silent Scream

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You thought I was silent, but I was screaming so loudly it deafened my ears. A silent scream... a scream someone can only produce when their world has just imploded in front of their eyes. A scream so loud, so powerful it cannot be heard by human ears.

The Invasion Of The Baby Bumps

Sharron Phillips | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I was having problems following a miscarriage and watching those pregnant bellies was an ice pick to my heart. I kept my head down, making little eye contact. I sat silent tears falling onto my lap.

Surviving Mother's Day

Kerrie Body | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kerrie Body

On Mother's Day last year, I remember being so excited for the future. I was hopeful that despite not yet being pregnant, it was imminent. It would be my last year without being a mother, or at least an expectant mother. If only it was that simple.

Mother's Day Without A Child

Sharron Phillips | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

Deleting the day from my calendar and staying in bed is appealing, but it isn't real life. I am finally at a point now that I can face these days with at least some kind of composure. Processing the grief of losing my babies and accepting that we would not have children has been a slow and heart-breaking process.

The Childless Mother

Sharron Phillips | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

For 12 years, my husband and I have been trying for children. It's such a simple aspiration, something so natural. To have a family. When the simple becomes a nightmare, it can take over your life and result in feeling like a total failure. To do the simplest thing, to know that my body is letting me down so badly is hard to process.

Fertility Network UK Patient Day Of Action Saturday 25th March - One in Five Couples Now Struggle to Conceive, But IVF Must Not Just Be For The Wealthy

Diane Chandler | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Diane Chandler

My husband and I met late, married soon after and began trying for a baby somewhere in between. We bought a house in leafy Chiswick, back when you could, settled in, and kept on trying. By the time I hit thirty-eight I was desperate for a child and it wasn't happening.

The Benefits Of Egg Freezing

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geetha Venkat

It's important to know that freezing your eggs does not guarantee a baby, but it offers a good insurance plan. Future success rates depend on factors such as lifestyle and age. It's crucial to remember that before the eggs are ready for use, they must complete several steps prior to pregnancy including surviving thawing, fertilisation, and implantation.

Getting Over A Failed IVF Cycle

Russell Davis | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Russell Davis

Accepting it is Tough An unsuccessful IVF cycle can be devastating. So often striving towards a goal of getting pregnant with such focus and dedicatio...

Project You V Project Baby

Russell Davis | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Parents
Russell Davis

Through working with my clients and my own personal experience it has become clear to me that the thoughts, feelings and beliefs we experience on our fertility journey are not caused by or specific to our fertility journey.

Seven Things You Should Never Say To People Going Through IVF

Lauren Vaknine | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Vaknine

People going through fertility treatment don't want sympathy; what we want is validation of our feelings, validation of the flurry of emotions that are stirred up in us as we embark upon one of the most difficult things we'll ever endure. We need to know that you get how hard it is, even if you haven't been through it yourself...

Valentine's Day And IVF (Not Tonight Honey - I'm Watching My Ovaries)

Rachel Cathan | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Cathan

I once imagined that having a baby would be a pretty romantic affair. I figured that we'd conceive this baby on holiday or following a candlelit meal. I fantasised about how I would tell my husband, maybe by wrapping the pregnancy test as a gift, or spelling out the news in Alphabetti Spaghetti on his plate.

It's Not What We Do It's Why We Do It

Russell Davis | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Parents
Russell Davis

What I find interesting, but actually not surprised about, is that we conceived naturally a few months after making these decisions and changes to my life. We weren't even trying because we thought there wasn't any point.