Inconceivable: an IVF journey

Trying to make some sense of it all. They say a problem shared is a problem halved, so I’m sharing mine with you. I hope by sharing, I’ll feel unburdened but I’d also like to think it may be of help to others in my situation who need to know they’re not alone in all of this.


Initial consultations begin after a year of trying to conceive (TTC) unsuccessfully.


After a lot of wrangling due to local CCG protocols, we finally started our first and only NHS IVF cycle.


A further privately funded three cycles of IVF at two different clinics between April 2018 and August 2019.

HFEA is a regulatory body which inspects all UK clinics providing IVF, donor insemination or the storage of eggs, sperm or embryos.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) fertility guidelines makes recommendations about who should have access to IVF treatment on the NHS in England and Wales.

But individual NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) make the final decision about who can have NHS-funded IVF in their local area, and their criteria may be stricter than those recommended by NICE.



I’m 44 years old, married to a wonderful husband who has the patience of a saint! Currently living in South Wales.

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