Katherine (not her real name), a lawyer aged 40, is currently having some of her eggs frozen at The Lister Fertility Clinic, part of HCA Healthcare UK. She said: “I decided to have my fertility tested earlier this year. I’ve previously been diagnosed with endometriosis so I was worried that this could have an impact, and the test showed that my egg count was low. This was a surprise and was difficult to deal with as I’ve never been told fertility would be an issue. I wasn’t ready to give up on having a baby just because the timing wasn’t right.
I think people have assumed that because I’ve been focused on my career I must not be bothered about having children, but that’s not the case at all. I went through a divorce a few years ago but I’m still hoping to meet the right person and start a family.
Life doesn’t always turn out how you were expecting but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. I’m really glad that I’ve frozen some of my eggs – it has given me back some control over my body and now I don’t have to worry that by the time I meet someone it might be too late.
Before I came to The Lister Fertility Clinic I was worried that I would never be able to have a baby. But the staff there really put me at ease and the care I have received has been fantastic; I was even able to start my treatment the next day. I would recommend anyone who is worried about having children to seek advice, there are options out there! The approach, positive conduct, attitude and understanding of my consultant has also made a huge difference in the process.”
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