Is IVF really the right treatment for you? James and Sarah’s story.
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Robert Winston
Fertility expert and one of the world's pioneers of IVF and Fertility Medicine. BAFTA award-winning television presenter and Member of The House of Lords in the UK.
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Infertility Treatments

Is IVF really the right treatment for you? James and Sarah's story.

IVF is the fertility treatment that most people have heard of but it's not necessarily the right treatment for you. The story of James and Sarah, as they tell it themselves in the video below, is just one example of how people can go through a huge amount of stress and cost with IVF, when a simple day treatment was all that was needed for them to have a baby naturally.
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Don't rush into IVF.

Have all the tests you need to fully assess your particular situation.

You may just need a simple day procedure in hospital in order to be able to conceive naturally.

James and Sarah's story is an inspiring example for anyone considering IVF.

Is IVF really the right treatment for you? James and Sarah’s story.

Sarah and James had been trying for a baby for a while. Nothing was happening so they decided to do IVF.

The first 3 cycles didn’t work. By this time, they had spent nearly £20,000 on the treatments They were both feeling so stressed and unhappy that they didn’t know whether they wanted to continue trying.

One of their friends mentioned they should check whether Sarah had fibroids – since she had known someone who had, and this had prevented their IVF working.

Sarah was checked with a simple scan, and indeed she had a very large fibroid that meant she never would have got pregnant naturally or with IVF. The fibroid was removed using a straightforward procedure and within a few months, Sarah became pregnant naturally! James and Sarah’s first baby is called Josh, and their second (!) is Mia. They are now a very happy and healthy family – and very happy to be able to start forgetting their long and stressful ordeal. Needless to say – it’s an ordeal they never should have been put through in the first place.

The Genesis Research Trust

Despite countless breakthroughs in medical science, we still do not understand why some pregnancies will end in tragedy. For most of us, having a child of our own is the most fulfilling experience of our lives. All of us can imagine the desperation and sadness of parents who lose a baby, and the life-shattering impact that a disabled or seriously ill child has on a family.

Professor Robert Winston’s Genesis Research Trust raises money for the largest UK-based collection of scientists and clinicians who are researching the causes and cures for conditions that affect the health of women and babies.

Essential Parent is proud to support their wonderful work. You can learn more about them here.

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