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Nicola's Story

Following a diagnosis of endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Nicola and her partner tried unsuccessfully to conceive.  They came to the LWC Brentwood for IVF and are now 15 weeks pregnant.

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I was first diagnosed with endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in October 2017, which was thought to have been caused by my ruptured appendix when I was 14 years old.  This caused scarring to both my fallopian tubes and a hydrosalpinx had developed.  This all came to light when I came off the contraceptive pill thinking about having a baby.  

I was referred to have my first operation in November 2017, a salpingostomy, in the attempt to drain the fluid inside my fallopian tubes, remove the cysts on my ovaries and open up the tubes where possible to help us conceive naturally. After my operation I was told my tubes would most likely close again due to the damage already caused.  I was advised if we did not successfully conceive naturally within a 6-month period IVF was the route for us. This was very daunting to hear but it was clear that we should not delay any longer if we wanted a family of our own.   

We failed to conceive naturally within six months.  I was very disheartened to find out that my endometriosis/PID had returned and I had a second operation in May 2018. We decided to go to the London’s Women’s Clinic in Brentwood for our first consultation in June 2018 to discuss IVF.  Following some tests, I found out that my egg count was on the low side, but that age was on my side.  My partner’s tests were good. 

We started IVF in August 2018 and the clinic were very supportive.  When it came to the time of embryo transfer we were unable to go ahead as the hydrosalpinx had returned in my fallopian tubes and this would flush out the embryo. We went ahead with the egg collection and had 3 eggs collected.  Only 1 embryo made it to blastocyst stage which was frozen ready for transfer at a later date.  

In the meantime, I had to go back to my gynaecologist for a third operation in October 2018.  They removed both my tubes to give us the best possible chance to conceive.  It was overwhelming, but this was in the best interest for a successful embryo transfer. 

After my recovery we returned to the London’s Women’s Clinic to start the medication for our frozen embryo transfer in November.  We had our one embryo transferred on 4th December 2018. Once the two-week wait was over, we took a pregnancy test and to our amazement it was positive! We couldn’t be happier and feel so lucky that our one and only embryo had worked. 

I am now 15 weeks pregnant and I cannot express enough how amazing this clinic has been throughout our entire journey.  Without their support and professional advice, we would not be where we are now. This clinic is very passionate about what they do and makes everyone feel at ease no matter the situation. 

We are both most looking forward to feeling baby's movements for the first time, having the enjoyment of buying all baby's items and when he/she arrives we cannot wait to do things as a family.

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