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EXPERT: Russell Davis

An unsuccessful IVF cycle can be devastating. So often I meet women who were moving towards their goal of getting pregnant with such focus and dedication, sometimes they can fail to recognise the struggle the journey can be. They don’t acknowledge how tough this can be physically and emotionally.

I’ll never forget my first fertility client. Michelle was 39 and had just completed her third IVF, which was unsuccessful. She came to see me on the recommendation of her gynaecologist. She was planning to go straight into a fourth cycle for a number of reasons, not least because the previous cycle, although unsuccessful, showed positive signs and the clinic were encouraging another try with a slight change in protocol. In addition, at 39, in her mind she was approaching the dreaded (and made up) ‘cut off’ age of 40. She also felt an unspoken pressure from her husband and family to continue as soon as possible because they were also scared about time running out.

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