Hi. This is my first post on this blog. We’ve had this page for a long time… It was originally our wedding website, and eventually it got changed to a place where Jon and I could relate our experiences in our then newly found Basingstoke. Unfortunately, for reasons that I can’t think of now, this blog sunk into oblivion and that panoply of our lives went unaccounted.
But here we are, ready to write this new chapter of our lives.
Jon and I have been blissfully married for three years now. And in this time, we have also tried -unsuccessfully- to conceive. We really want to start a family, and not being able to conceive naturally has put some strain on us. But here is where the story begins…
Jon and I finally got an appointment with the gynaecologist earlier this week. I had already seen him last year for other “lady” related issues and he suggested that if by July 2012 my husband and I had not conceived naturally, we should go and see him again and see if we could take advantage of NHS-funded IVF.
The thing is, when you’re trying and trying but nothing happens, and your desire to have a baby is so big, you can not wait. And I could not wait until July (yes, I know, what’s another 3 months in the big scheme of things?) So I pestered my GP until I got him to refer me to the gynaecologist again.
So, there we were, at 10 in the morning, waiting to be seen, and not knowing if we were just going to be turned around or be given the go ahead. To our relief, the consultant was very sympathetic with our case and realised that we are in an ideal situation: At this very point in time, we completely comply with the statutory requirements set by the NHS – I am 34 years of age, been trying for 3 years or more, non-smoker and don’t have any previous offspring. Tick, tick, tick and tick. According to the book, I am an ideal candidate.
So, the wheels are in motion. Now we have to choose a fertility clinic where most of the procedures will take place until conception (I believe after satisfactory conception I just go back to the normal hospital). We have several to choose from; unfortunately none of them are in Basingstoke and all require certain amount of travelling. Well, that’s not completely true. One of them has a satellite clinic here in Basingstoke where some of the minor procedures would take place.
The thing is, we have a couple of friends who went through this same thing a couple of years ago, and they swear that the clinic they used was fantastic, so we would like to use that one, as there is nothing better as first hand experience. Way better than anonymous internet testimonials! Plus, they have a beautiful child as proof that it worked
So, Jon and I are super excited, and really looking forward to this journey!