Finding my Fertility (Stage 7)

It’s nearly October and we’re reaching the end of the first leg of this journey. So far, I’ve broken my fertility story into six stages: you can read Stage 6 here, Stage 5 here, Stage 4 here, Stage 3 here, Stage 2 here and, first, Stage 1. For me, the final stage has been egg…

Finding my Fertility (Stage 6)

I’ve been injecting for 11 days. On the 13th, I began injecting a solution containing follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH) and luteinizing hormones (LH) every evening to help my ovaries grow follicles (fluid filled sacks in which eggs grow). And from the 17th, I also started to inject a solution in the morning (between 7am and 9am)…

Finding my Fertility (Stage 5)

It’s been a frustrating month. The phone lines and computer system at the clinic were completely out of action for three weeks which delayed my (and countless other single women and couples’) treatment. However, things are finally back up and running – we’ve made progress! After more blood and immunity tests, we booked in scan…

Finding my Fertility (Stage 4)

A lot has happened in the past few months since my last fertility post – Stage 3. I’ve had a pre-treatment scan to check my ovaries (still cystic, but lots of follicles so hopefully that means lots of eggs). My blood results have come back (low Vitamin D, dodgy thyroid levels and I’m not immune…

Finding my Fertility (Stage 3)

This time last year, I had my first fertility consultation. After filling in loads of forms and a very informative appointment, I learnt that I do have a bit of time, despite PCOS and fertility problems. (Find Stage 2 here.) And yet a year later, we’re only just coming out of a lockdown – so…

The Smear Diaries – ‘Secret Echo Chamber’

With 1 in 3 women in the UK not taking up the invite for their cervical screening check, I’m striving to help women make informed decisions about their health. I’ve set out to share a variety of experiences of the cervical screening process – from invitation to after-party. Thank you to the women who’ve told…

The Smear Diaries – ‘Uneventful’

With 1 in 3 women in the UK not taking up the invite for their cervical screening check, I’m striving to help women make informed decisions about their health. I’ve set out to share a variety of experiences of the cervical screening process – from invitation to after-party. Thank you to the women who’ve told…

The Smear Diaries – A ‘Shy Cervix’

With 1 in 3 women in the UK not taking up the invite for their cervical screening check, I’m striving to help women make informed decisions about their health. I’ve set out to share a variety of experiences of the cervical screening process – from invitation to after-party. Thank you to the women who’ve told…

The Smear Diaries – A Funny Job

With 1 in 3 women in the UK not taking up the invite for their cervical screening check, I’m striving to help women make informed decisions about their health. I’ve set out to share a variety of experiences of the cervical screening process – from invitation to after-party. Thank you to the women who’ve told…

The Smear Diaries – The Start of a Long Road

With 1 in 3 women in the UK not taking up the invite for their cervical screening check, I’m striving to help women make informed decisions about their health. I’ve set out to share a variety of experiences of the cervical screening process – from invitation to after-party. Thank you to the women who’ve told…