What to expect from your first NHS infertility appointment

NHS infertility appointment
In June 2017, after 15 months of trying to conceive, I finally had our first NHS infertility appointment about our secondary infertility. I didn’t have a clue what to expect in that appointment and felt extremely nervous about going. I did plenty of research and found loads of information about the US, but due to the very different health services, I couldn’t be sure that would be anything like how my appointment here within the UK with the NHS would go. I've now been back and forwards a ... Continue Reading

Another month, another trying to conceive disaster

Another month, another period. Another failed month trying to conceive   I apologise to those who are squeamish and think that is far too TMI. You may wish to stop reading if that is how you are feeling. But this month marks yet another unsuccessful cycle and rather than getting used to the pain and disappointment I am finding each and every cycle more and more difficult. You would think a diagnosis of infertility would at least make me expect the worst each time round but no I still find ... Continue Reading

Infertility Journey: Got a diagnosis.

So as I mentioned in my previous post I have been MIA due to a lot going on with trying to conceive. I mentioned last year about the early miscarriage we experienced in November, I shared a 'month in the life' vlog over on my youtube channel and I began to explain that it looks like we are experiencing secondary infertility. Well in March we reached our 1 year trying to conceive anniversary which is the point at which the doctors will begin investigating why you haven't fallen pregnant yet ... Continue Reading

A Month in the Life Trying to Conceive Vlog

trying to conceive vlog
A couple of weeks ago I began to write about our journey trying to conceive baby number two and how it isn't exactly going as we had hoped. Well, earlier in the year I filmed trying to conceive vlog; a 'month in the life of a ttc'er. From the beginning of the cycle, through waiting to ovulate, testing for ovulation and then into the Two Week Wait and testing as part of that. If you aren't trying to conceive this may not be of much interest to you and for that, I apologise but for my other ... Continue Reading

Secondary Infertility: The beginning of a scary journey

SECONDARY INFERTILITY
Some frightening things are going on over here at Emma & Family. A fortnight ago I took myself off to the doctors to start trying to find out whether there is a reason why I have not successfully fallen pregnant with baby number 2. This isn't necessarily a journey everyone would fell comfortable sharing with the world but I hope that this might all prove useful to someone in the future. But as of last week I am officially down in my doctors records as experiencing Secondary Infertility. ... Continue Reading

Chemical pregnancy: my experience (emotional post)

Positive pregnant test
Early pregnancy loss or chemical pregnancy is one of those things that as women we aren't encouraged to discuss publicly. The old superstition of you shouldn't talk about pregnancy before 12 weeks, 'just in case'. But 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. That is so many women and families going through the upset and grieving a miscarriage and nobody even knows they are suffering. I am 1 in 4 women. In November of this year I experienced a early miscarriage, sometimes called a chemical pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant by doing a home pregnancy test when I was 4 weeks and 2 days pregnant. A beautiful clear pink second line on a FRER (for those not spending silly amounts of time on Trying To Conceive forums - a First Response Early Response test). By the next day I had a negative result. I started bleeding nearly a week later at 5 weeks and 1 day pregnant. ... Continue Reading