IVF – To try or not to try?
Did you watch the movie, Into the Woods and think the baker-and-his-wife too extreme in their quest for a baby? To beg, steal or borrow a red cloak, a glass slipper, a white cow etc might seem like the stuff of fairy tales. However, someone yearning for a child will try almost anything – from the spiritual – prayer and visits to holy sites to the best that medical science has to offer.
A friend made her wish in the waters of Lourdes, and another gritted her teeth and underwent IVF thrice. They succeeded after years of weeping and gnashing of teeth, but they will tell you it was worth trying even as they prepared for the possibility of being childless.
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Audrey Lim was gifted with not one, but two babies from IVF. Now aged 38, she’s given up her job as a secondary school teacher to be a stay-home-mom to her 3.5-year-old twins (boy and girl). To share her experience and inspire others, she recalls the decision and the process.
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Another friend who prefers to remain anonymous shared her experience:
It was heartbreaking seeing friends around me ‘popping’ babies one after another while I remained the odd one out.
We had been trying for 3 to 4 years prior to IVF. Two years were spent on regular TCM and acupuncture treatments. We didn’t know what the problem was – blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, husband’s problem… I had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and later discovered that one of my Fallopian tubes was blocked. I went through laparoscopy surgery to clear the tube and was advised to try to conceive naturally. But it didn’t happen. The Clomid pills that my gynae prescribed didn’t work. Very much later, I was told that with age, a woman’s eggs tend to be imperfectly formed. In my case, the ‘shell’ of my eggs was too hard, hence in layman’s terms as the nurse explained – the sperms were unable to penetrate easily.