Infertility

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.

Five Top Yoga Poses To Improve Your Fertility

Fiona Kacz-Boulton | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Fiona Kacz-Boulton

Many health and fitness experts also believe that specific poses can help promote baby-making by increasing the blood flow to your pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands and releasing muscle tension

My Secret Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

So those are my reasons. That is why I didn't tell anyone we had lost our first baby for quite some time, in fact it wasn't until we lost our third baby that we became much more open about our journey to have children.

Why Shouldn't Janet Jackson Have A Baby At 50?

Jay McCarthy | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

When news broke that Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana had welcomed a healthy baby boy, I was delighted for them. Yet, despite the world's good wishes towards Janet, who reportedly "had a stress-free, healthy delivery", it was sad that most people seemed more concerned about her age.

How To Navigate The Festive Season Whilst Undergoing Fertility Treatment

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geetha Venkat

For couples undergoing fertility treatment this December, some thoughtful planning can help to reduce the sadness and stress and increase your chances of not just surviving, but enjoying a Merry Christmas.

The Almost Funny Side Of IVF

Claire Hayes | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Hayes

IVF: I know that I don't have to explain to you what it is because it is a very normal thing today. You all know someone that has gone or is going through it. You may even be going through it right now and you are reading this to seek that little bit of camaraderie at what can be a very bewildering time.

IVF "Add On" Treatments - Are They Worth It?

Emma Cannon | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cannon

These add-ons include pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS); endometrial scratch (which was the only add-on clinically proven to show some benefit); and additional bloods and immunology testing, to name but a few. New, experimental treatments with a significant or growing body of anecdotal evidence behind them are how many of these treatments could best be described

Why 'Procreation' And 'Pleasure' Should Go Hand In Hand When It Comes To Falling Pregnant

Emily Street | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

Through no fault of their own, for many couples who have been trying to conceive for a long period of time - often for many months and even years - the actual physical act of sexual intercourse can become quite perfunctory or regimented.

Fertility - Improve Your Chances

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Sally Norton

So, if you are thinking of starting a family, it is a great incentive to lose weight. But you have to make sure you do it in a way that is good for you - not by fad dieting which will starve your body of essential nutrients just at the time when you and your unborn child need them most.

Cutting NHS Funds For Infertility - Will Saving Money Make Sense In Time?

Lisa Strum | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Strum

This time two years ago my sister was preparing to give birth to my youngest niece. I heralded this as a sign of hope. My sister suffered with PCO as well as a large fibroid that had to be removed. If she could get pregnant, why wouldn't I? My