Louise’s Story

Louise Plumpton

My name is Louise. I am 35 years old and was born with a condition called Turners Syndrome. This is a Chromosome condition which amongst other things affects the reproductive organs. My husband and I have undergone the necessary test and it has been confirmed that we will be unable to conceive without the help of egg donation.

We started our IVF/egg donation journey 4 years ago at Livetpool Womens hospital and we have been lucky eoungh to gain NHS funding. At our first conultation we were told that to have a better chance of finding a donor we should advertise ourselves as donations of this sort are very sparse. This came as a bit of a shock. After being given one or two ideas we came away feeling a little deflated not really knowing where to start. We started by using an information poster given to us by the hospital conaining a reference number. This was the start of a 3 and 1/2 year advertising journey which we found quite difficult, not only was there a cost implication it was the fact that some places wouldn’t help share the information for us. Finally in July 2016 a donar came forward which started another type of journey which again has had lots of ups and downs. We were lucky enough to recieve 9 eggs 5 of which fertalised. Then the process of treatment and transfers began 1st cycle didn’t work, 2nd cycle worked but unfortunately I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks. After increasing medication and adding in other meds aswell the last three cycles haven’t worked either, the last one being recently. As you can imagine it’s been a tough road which has left myself and husband with lots of questions and things to think about. Fortunately we do have a second round of funding but it’s just the time it takes to find a donor.