Hi everyone! My fertility treatment began with Ovulation Induction in 2015. After six failed cycles, my husband and I moved onto IVF... and just one cycle later, we became the proud parents of a beautiful, hilarious and very farty baby boy! He's now nearly two months old.
But the IVF process itself could (should?) have been easier...
I'm not sure about you, but it often seemed like the doctors didn't have the time to answer my questions, reassure me or explain what was going on. Sometimes I actually felt ignored – such as when I was certain my dosage was too high but they told me it'd be fine... and then I ended up in hospital for moderate/severe OHSS.
And then there's the fact that they'd say things like "Your AMH levels are xxx", and I'd have no clue what that meant or whether it was good or bad! They'd attempt to explain it if they had a spare moment, but those explanations were usually full of medical terminology that I just didn't understand.
I'm a writer (and compulsive researcher), so I started a website that demystifies and explains all aspects of the IVF process, in plain English, and with plenty of jokes and diagrams! Articles include "The IVF process from start to finish", "7 things no one tells you about IVF (and what to do about them)", "Fresh embryo transfer vs frozen", and "FSH levels: what you need to know" – among many others.
You can find these articles and more at theduff.co.uk/. And if you have any suggestions for future articles, I'd love to know them!
(The site is completely free, ad-free and product-free. It exists purely to be a helpful, educational site for those who want to understand more about the treatment they're going through.)