I liked CREATE’s approach from the very start
Two and a half years into my treatment, I made the tough decision to stop Tamoxifen and try for a baby naturally. After a year and a half of trying unsuccessfully, we went to the GP and saw a consultant. They found that my ovarian reserve had been effected by the chemotherapy treatment and I also had a blocked fallopian tube and suggested that we try conventional IVF. Due to my cancer being an oestrogen and progesterone receptive cancer and therefore hormone driven, I was really worried about conventional IVF. I was worried it might reactivate my cancer. So, I started doing some research on the internet and I came across CREATE. I liked CREATE’s approach from the very start. Their focus on ‘Quality over quantity’, using less drugs and working with the woman’s natural cycle really resonated with me. I knew this was a better IVF approach for me.
Being an NHS patient, I then had to speak to my consultant and ask if I could have my treatment with CREATE instead of another clinic. Thankfully, they agreed.
When I came in to CREATE for my first consultation and scan with the doctor, I could tell straight away he knew what he was talking about. He had done research into my cancer prior to seeing me and created a protocol for Natural Modified IVF with minimal drugs so that the treatment affected my hormones as little as possible. I honestly do not think any other clinic would have paid that level of attention to my specific needs. I was filled with feelings of security and hope. I knew I was in good hands. Although the doctor did also manage my expectations and informed me that my chances were low, I knew that CREATE would do everything they could for me.
Everything had to be put on hold for such a long time for us; we did start to think that we might never have children, so it was amazing to see a positive pregnancy after my first cycle. We were totally gobsmacked. It was the most amazing feeling, especially because we’d been waiting to start a family for ages.
I then went on to have a really healthy pregnancy and amazing labour. Baby Logan really has made our lives complete.
Life with a baby has been absolutely great. It can be difficult at times, of course, as he is a really boisterous boy, but we both absolutely love the journey. My partner has been absolutely great through our whole journey.
I would definitely recommend CREATE to everyone. Actually, I already have been. Every single person from reception staff to the nurses and doctors, was really empathetic and just absolutely lovely to us.