Richard used to dread the well-intentioned questioning and comments he and his wife Sarah would sometimes get around starting a family. “I used to try and brush any questions off as quickly as possible,” he says.
“Trying to get pregnant when everyone around you seems to find it easy is heartbreaking,” says Charlotte from Bedford. “It got to the point for me that I stopped going to christenings because I knew that I would get really upset and spoil it for everyone.
“When our school friends found out that we were IVF ‘babies’ they thought it was amazing and the school ran a special science lesson to explain what IVF was,” laughs Amy.
This Fertility Awareness Week, fertility expert Dr Papathanasiou urges people not to delay getting specialist advice if they have concerns.
Sophie remembers all too clearly the turmoil of emotions she felt when her Facebook feed seemed to be full of pregnancy announcements.
Harika and Craig are proud parents to Rocco, after conceiving on the first cycle of IVF treatment.