The postcode lottery

This blog is my way to vent about our fertility struggles, or let’s face it: our infertility. After about 10 months of trying to conceive, we had a hunch that something was not quite right. We went to all sorts of tests first via the GP, then our NHS hospital to find out that we are up against MFI (male factor infertility) and potential progesterone issues on my part.

The doctors recommended to jump right into IVF with ICSI as other approaches such as IUI would probably not be successful. For the last year we have mainly been waiting. Waiting for our funded IVF slot.

As we live in the UK, we have the luck of getting some fertility treatments for free. It is a postcode lottery, meaning, depending on where you live you might get no, one or up to three IVF cycles for example. There are guidelines as to how much is recommended, but the funding is dependent on your primary care trust. It’s not the best situation and it is totally unfair to some, but we’ve been lucky.

In our case, we are eligible for one fresh and one frozen IVF cycle. Once we knew we were eligible for funding – and after a few months of wasted time thanks to miscommunication between our hospitals – our names were added to the IVF waiting list. This was about 8 months ago and now we are finally starting on the 2nd of January in 2013!

I am terribly grateful for this. It at least gives us a chance to try and see what happens. But it also adds pressure, as I often have the feeling that I only have those 2 trys and then we don’t know.


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