Birth of Baby Boy Ends Endometriosis Misery
Amanda Taylor and her son Lucas have a spring in their step this week, for more reasons than just the season.
Amanda (38) spent years suffering with the painful and debilitating condition of endometriosis, before the birth of Lucas in October 2013, following IVF treatment at Midland Fertility.
Endometriosis affects over 1.5 million women in the UK and National Endometriosis Awareness Week (5-12 March) shines a light on this little-talked about condition, to help women like Amanda and her husband Mark, achieve the family they so want.
In endometriosis, cells like the ones that line the uterus grow elsewhere in the body. These cells respond to a monthly cycle and cause pain, inflammation and scar tissue and make conception very difficult.
Amanda was referred to Midland Fertility in March 2012 after trying to conceive unsuccessfully for six years and following a history of recurring endometrial cysts, for which she had undergone numerous surgical procedures including a partial removal of her left ovary and the complete removal of one of her Fallopian tubes.
After a failed first cycle of treatment Amanda underwent further surgery to remove yet more endometriotic cysts. Following her recovery Amanda and Mark began a second treatment cycle in November 2013, which resulted in the positive pregnancy test that had eluded them so far.
Amanda said: “It had been such a long journey, I never thought I would ever be lucky enough to have a family. Since Lucas has arrived I feel blessed every day.”
“Endometriosis manifests itself in a variety of ways so diagnosis can be difficult and often delayed,” said Dr Abey Eapen, clinical lead at Midland Fertility. “Recent research shows that there is now an average of seven and a half years between a woman first seeing a GP about her symptoms and receiving a firm diagnosis.
“Early recognition of the symptoms is vital so women can get a referral for fertility treatment if necessary. And there is good evidence that pregnancy following IVF can ‘cure’ endometriosis so that the woman can conceive naturally again in the future.
“We are delighted for Amanda and Mark about the birth of Lucas and are sure that her story will bring hope to other women who are living with endometriosis.”
MFS was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to offer a range of fertility treatments and procedures including IVF, ICSI, egg donation, egg and embryo freezing and sperm recovery. In May 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen eggs’ fertility treatment at MFS, followed by the first ‘frozen egg’ boy in December 2005. In April 2006 the clinic’s first twins were born following the mother’s treatment with Vi4gr4 as part of her fertility treatment at MFS. In early 2008, the 4,000th baby was born after treatment at MFS and the clinic celebrated its 21st anniversary. The clinic’s and the UK’s first two vitrified egg babies were born in December 2010 and January 2011, followed by ‘MFS Baby 5,000’ in April 2011. In 2012 MFS marked 25 years of ‘making babies’. Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.
Issued: 4 March 2014