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. And yet a year later, we’re only just coming out of a lockdown – so that’s one year lost….

The Dreaded Smear Test

In the UK, we’re lucky to be offered cervical screening tests (previously called a ‘smear test’) every one to five years and yet, 1 in 3 women don’t take up the invite. Why? The main reasons include fear, embarrassment, not believing the test helps reduce the risk of cervical cancer, not wanting to get undressed…

Finding my Fertility (Stage 2)

(Read Stage 1 here) Prior to a video consultation with the fertility doctor, there was a barrage of forms to fill in and a video to watch and understand. Some of the forms included: consent for the clinic to use my personal information an extensive medical questionnaire a ‘welfare of the child’ quiz : will…

Finding my Fertility (Stage 1)

In some ways, the lockdown doesn’t stop life going on.  Yes, we’re working from home (see here for my top tips for staying sane and productive).  Yes, we’re cancelling dentist appointments and hair cuts, but in many ways, we’re adapting not stopping. And some things won’t fix themselves.  All the time I wait and don’t…

It takes a village to raise a child

This year, I’ve written quite prolifically about my fertility and health problems.  But as 2019 draws to a close, I’m thinking about the future – particularly as I’m careering towards 30 at (what seems like) an alarming rate. Specifically, I’m thinking about family plans.  Whilst so many things are going well (family, friends, career and…

Polycystic Ovaries and Fertility

On deciding to write about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), I’ve discovered it’s Polycystic Awareness Month!  And as it comes to the end of the month, it’s a good opportunity to write about my experiences of PCOS. Until a few years ago, I didn’t know I had PCOS.  At the age of 25, I had my…