Since embarking on my IVF journey I have been really interested to read articles in the media on the topic. To begin with, I was so disheartened, all the articles seemed to have little relevance for me as they were all trying to portray IVF as being treatment generally chosen by 'career women' in their 40's who had 'left it too late'. I am not one of these women, I was only 28 when I lost the ability to conceive and whilst I am a working woman, I definitely never wanted to put my career first, I have always first and foremost wanted to be a mummy. I am not at all judgemental and I have total respect and understanding for the women in this category, I am absolutely sure they all have their individual reasons for trying to have a baby in their 40's and I believe they should be allowed to pursue this, but I felt sad that nowhere in the media was it talking about people like me, young women, who simply cannot conceive naturally and need IVF treatment to have a biological family. I also hate the fact that the few women from the US, India etc who have 4,5,6 embryos implanted are portrayed as the norm, and the media suggest all of us have endless embryos implanted, we IVF girls know this is simply not the case! In recent weeks I have felt that the media has started to explore other areas of infertility, I saw an article this morning about a young women who is battling for funding due to the fact her partner has a 20 yr old son she has never met! As angry as I was to read this, I think it's wonderful that at last the media are recognising there are many reasons why IVF is needed. I think Susan at INUK is doing a fab job of pushing these issues into the spotlight, I just hope that the press will start to provide more balanced information about IVF, like we all know, this could happen to any couple, not just rich 'older' women.
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