When she was diagnosed with endometriosis aged 25 in 2012, Laura Hubble was warned that she should strongly consider having children by the age of 30 because it probably wouldn’t be possible after that.
“I was told that my ovaries were old for my age and the position of the endometriosis meant I was much less likely to fall pregnant naturally, too,” she remembers.
Having always wanted children, Laura was shocked, and says: “I’m glad I knew, but it did put pressure on relationships as it was constantly on my mind.”
As her 30th birthday approached, Laura broke up with her partner and knew that she needed to heed the pregnancy advice. She returned to see Mr Gangooly, Simply Fertility’s Medical Director, in his capacity as a consultant gynaecologist at Broomfield, and made the decision to have IVF treatment at Simply Fertility’s Chelmsford clinic.
Mr Gangooly was very honest and up front with me and I liked that. The staff at the clinic were just lovely, you could ask them anything. They were always at the end of the phone for you - I remember ringing up one time crying and they were so reassuring.
“By August 2016 I was ready to have my eggs frozen so that I had options for later. I was quite blasé about the procedure, however when I learned that freezing eggs was less successful than freezing embryos I decided to choose a partner from the sperm bank.”
Another big decision soon faced Laura when, of the six eggs retrieved, only one embryo survived. “I was given the option of freezing the embryo or putting it backinto me straight away. The latter had a better chance of success and it only took me a split second to decide to go for it. Although I wasn’t with Mr Right, I didn’t know how long I would have to wait before he came along.”
Two weeks later, Laura’s pregnancy was confirmed and on 23 June she gave birth to Evie. “I do think I am very lucky to have had her. I can’t believe it, every time I look at her. The fact that I didn’t know too much about success rates meant that I didn’t stress too much about it. I was given a lot of information but I chose not to read it all. I’m loving being a mother and have taken a whole year off my job as a physiotherapist so I can make the most of it.”