After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Lyndsey feared she’d never achieve her dream of a baby of her own.
Lyndsey and her husband, Dave, have been together since she was 18 years old, and when at 19 they decided to start a family, her dream of a baby of her own seemed entirely within reach.
Lyndsey says: ‘I came off the contraceptive pill at 19 and the following month I didn’t get my period. I was so excited, I thought it had worked already. We did loads of tests, but all came back negative. I went to see my GP, who referred me to St. Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, as my periods had just stopped completely.
‘I think because I was still so young, it didn’t really hit me. I still thought I had loads of time. Straight away they prescribed me Clomid, a fertility drug, to induce ovulation. It didn’t work, and we did five courses of that over three years. At that time, you couldn’t get IVF under the age of 23, so because they had been unable to start normal cycles, I was referred to the Gynaecology unit at Wythenshawe.
‘Over the next three years I had so many tests, and eventually they diagnosed PCOS – I had all the symptoms. One of these symptoms is weight gain, so when they referred me back to St. Mary’s, although I was now over 23 they said my body weight was too high, so wouldn’t start IVF.
‘At this point I became really depressed. I lost weight, then gained it all back again; I felt so low and frustrated that I just gave up for a while. In 2016 Dave and I got married and around the same time I just thought “no, I am not giving up, it’s the only thing I want in life”, so we researched private clinics and chose Reproductive Health Group, in Daresbury.’
Lyndsey met with Professor Nardo in 2017, and they started the process of IVF. Her first round resulted in the production of five eggs, of which only one was deemed suitable for transfer. This didn’t work out however and Lyndsey didn’t get pregnant.
‘It triggered another bout of depression,’ she says. ‘But once again I got myself sorted, with Dave’s support, and we went back to see Professor Nardo in 2018. He thought that it hadn’t worked out last time because of a problem with maturation of my eggs. He took a slightly different approach and this time we harvested nine eggs, seven of which were perfect. Because I am still so young, they implanted one embryo as a blastocyst (day 5 of development) and they froze the remainder.
‘Eight months later – and ten years after it all started – Kitt arrived. He was born on 4th April 2019 and he has been everything I dreamed of and more. My pregnancy was difficult and he came two weeks early, by an emergency section, as he was in a breech position. It feels like he’s always been here now; all his stuff just seems like it’s always been in the house. I simply couldn’t imagine life without him now.
‘I am so happy I went to see Professor Nardo. You are made to feel so welcome and see the same people every time, so always feel looked after at the Reproductive Health Group. It doesn’t feel at all like a clinic there, even though you are having operations. It feels very serene; the location means it’s completely quiet and everybody – staff and patients – are all there for the same reason, so you know you’re all in it together, and then you see the thank you cards and know it does happen, so why not for you?’