CREATE Fertility Manchester is located in Wilmslow town centre, in the south of Manchester, and offers easy access from the M56 and Wilmslow Overground Station. This means that patients from Liverpool can access the clinic within an hour. We also have free onsite parking for patients attending the clinic by car.
We are the pioneers of Natural and Mild IVF and our approach to fertility treatment has helped many patients from across the UK and around the world. With CREATE Fertility Manchester being the only dedicated Natural and Mild IVF clinic in north of England, we hope to make our treatments more accessible for women and couples from Liverpool.
I was 31 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had my wedding booked and we had plans to start a family, but we had to postpone everything as I needed to start treatment immediately. One of the many stages of my treatment was chemotherapy which I was advised may have an impact on my future fertility. At the time I had allot of hard decisions to make regarding my cancer treatment and had to put family planning to the back of my mind and press on with treatment. Adjuvant treatment also consisted of a 5 year course of Tamoxifen which would delay my family planning further.
In many ways I wish that I had started the process of IVF treatment years earlier, but I also believe that you have to start when the time is right for you. My belief is that most people who want a child can have one; you just have to be open minded about how you have that child, because whichever way you have your child or children, you will love them.
I had always wanted children and assumed that by the age of 28 I would have been married with kids. At 30 I decided that if I was still single by 39 I would start the process of having a child alone. Suddenly 39 came and went and I was planning my 40th birthday party alone; I knew it was time to start fertility treatment. It took me a further few months to get around to booking the appointment but by July 2013 my journey began. My sister, Sharon Pitt, works at Marilyn Glenville nutritional clinic and deals a lot with infertility and miscarriage, so she recommended CREATE because of the approach Professor Nargund takes with her patients, which is as natural as possible.
My husband and I came to Create following unsuccessful treatments at another private clinic. The initial consultation, a gynaecological MOT in April 2011, enabled the early diagnosis of a benign ovarian dermoid cyst. Following the removal of the cyst, we returned to Create for treatment in August, a process which had begun with testicular sperm extraction and concluded with natural cycle IVF. We were successful. Our first IVF attempt resulted in a beautiful baby girl born in April 2012.
The staff at Create were quite simply fantastic- professional, empathetic and positive. I was looking for an environment which would offer individualised treatment and the possibility of examining all options. Natural IVF worked with my cycle and the reduced level of medication was also a major bonus. Create’s vigilance also allayed any worries I had about ovarian hyperstimulation. As Create rightly state, all that is needed is one viable sperm and a healthy egg. The wonderful ethos of this clinic is woman centred prioritising Gynaecological health not statistics.
Being in my early forties, my expectations of having a child were exceedingly low. The attitude of all staff at Create is so genuinely encouraging. The doctors, consultants, nurses and embryologists cheerfully affirmed my possibilities. During the early stages of my pregnancy I was also able to contact both my doctor and embryologist for advice regarding prenatal testing. This clinic works as a team and has a unified vision. Create really is an extraordinary place with committed staff eager to enable women’s reproductive possibilities safely. My husband and I considered Create to be our support mechanism. This extraordinary achievement is due to the extraordinary people working at this clinic. It should be noted that had we not been successful I would have had absolutely no hesitation in returning to Create for further treatment.
We attended the Fertility Show, last year, to start our pregnancy journey. We had very little information about what to expect with IVF and we wanted to gather as much information as possible in one place. Being a yoga teacher and interested in natural health, the CREATE stand appealed to me with the headline of 'Natural IVF'. We went to the stand to gather leaflets and speak to their consultants. During our conversation we discussed the new techniques that the clinic were exploring to help reduce the cost of IVF. Long story short, we were accepted onto the walking egg/low cost IVF program; treatment starting 2 weeks after the show.
Dear Professor Nargund,
We firstly wanted to say a huge thank you for doing our embryo transfer procedure last week. We are now back home in Cornwall – keeping relatively rested – and hoping for a positive result in 10 days time, fingers crossed …
We also wanted to pass on how positive our whole Create experience was again this time, all of the staff were incredibly helpful, supportive and professional, and we felt that we were in the best possible hands.”
Our fertility journey started in 2009 when we discovered that my partner had a very low sperm count (some samples found no sperm at all, some found only 1 or 2 sperm). At this stage my partner was 46 And I was 29. My partner did quite a few samples which we froze in the hope that we would be able to get pregnant using these if no sperm were found on the day of egg collection during IVF. I had had various tests and none seemed to suggest any cause for concern. We began our first IVF cycle (a long protocol) in 2010 but I was absolutely devastated when my first scan showed no response. We waited another couple of days – still no response, so the cycle was cancelled. I was so shocked and upset as I had thought that there were no problems on my side. The consultant at our local clinic suggested I have my AMH re-tested and it was less than 2. It had been 8 when I’d been tested less than a year before and for some reason had dropped suddenly. The consultant told us that our only real chance was to go for egg donation.
Despite the advice, we tried another cycle using my eggs, this time a short protocol. Amazingly, I had 8 follicles growing, but only 3 eggs were collected (the rest of the follicles were empty). All three eggs fertilised, two were put back, but sadly did not result in a positive pregnancy result.
We knew we wanted to try again using my eggs but thought we would try going to a London clinic that saw a lot of women with low AMH, rather than going to our local clinic where the consultant didn’t have confidence in achieving a pregnancy using my eggs. In June 2011 we did a 3rd cycle with a London clinic that uses high doses of stimulation drugs. Five eggs were collected although only 2 were mature enough to use. Both fertilised and were put back, and we achieved a positive pregnancy result. The rest of that cycle is a very long story, but sadly we miscarried at 11 weeks.
Our 4th IVF cycle began in October 2011 and this time we went to Create, having attended an initial consultation we decided we on the advice of doctors at Create to try ‘natural’ IVF with the aim of focusing on egg quality and reducing the strain on the body of having high doses of stimulation drugs when I was unlikely to produce many eggs. During this fourth cycle I had two follicles growing, and two eggs were collected, both fertilised but only 1 embryo was strong enough to put back. I thought the chances of this pregnancy working were so slim – only one embryo, plus my partner hadn’t been able to be with me during the egg collection day due to unchangeable work issues so we’d had to use frozen sperm – knowing that each vial may only have 1 or 2 sperm I thought it was so unlikely it would work. BUT – two weeks later we had a positive pregnancy result, 7 weeks later there was a heartbeat .. and 9 months later we had a beautiful daughter who is now 11 months old.
I wanted to share our story to give hope to anyone out there who is wondering if it can happen – we were lucky enough to find that it can! Our situation seemed pretty hopeless at one point – hardly any sperm, hardly any eggs, but it still worked in the end.
I found Create to be fantastic, I loved how small and personal it was, and the ‘natural’ IVF approach clearly worked in our situation. We are just about to start a new cycle with Create in the hope of having a sibling for our daughter as we are just loving the experience of being parents. I know how blessed we are, and wish anyone reading this the very best of luck.
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