That sounds incredibly challenging – has anything helped you cope?
Right from the start, it’s been more challenging than I could have imagined, both emotionally and physically. Having IVF treatment can be very restrictive – from holidays to work, it’s very difficult to plan your diary from month to month. There’s a huge amount of admin to do – I don’t think people realise that.
I was very strict about doing everything by the book, and got really stressed in the process. I’m a lot more relaxed about it all, as time’s gone by, which has helped. But everyone’s on a journey, and it’s no small undertaking.
Getting your hopes up is natural, and when you get a negative result, it’s heartbreaking. The whole experience can make you feel incredibly lonely. I felt a bit ashamed, in a way, that I needed IVF. I didn’t want to talk about it. But once you start opening up, you hear so many other people’s stories. And that helps.
Finances and costs are a crucial part of the journey. For us, Access Fertility’s IVF Refund Programme has helped enormously, providing reassurance in a world where any certainty seems hard to come by.
And, our refund has allowed us to continue our treatment, now on the Multi-Cycle Programme.