Coming off the pill and trying for a baby had involved years of coping with the previously hidden symptoms of endometriosis – including ‘agonisingly’ painful periods. When surgery further diminished Carlene’s fertility, IVF provided the light at the end of the tunnel.
Endometriosis is a progressive disease that impacts fertility and yet diagnosis takes 8 years on average says Endometriosis UK
Up to half of women with endometriosis – where tissue can grow over the ovaries and fallopian tubes – are affected by fertility issues. Worryingly, few women know that surgery to alleviate the symptoms may also cause damage to their reproductive organs.
This year four-year-old Alex will be able to write his first Mother’s Day card, making it extra special for his mum Victoria, who struggled to conceive due to endometriosis