Case in point: Sharon and Paul’s story
For Sharon and Paul Wheller, of Dereham in
Sharon and Paul initially attended the Barts centre in 1997, with follow-up tests and monitoring taking place at Barts and The London’s nurse-led clinic in
“We couldn’t have wished for better support and counselling from Barts and The London’s staff at that really difficult time,” says
Although very emotional, the couple undertook two further IVF cycles, the first unsuccessful and the second resulting in an early miscarriage. But with the last of the embryos saved from George’s IVF cycle,
Over the years, the Whellers have witnessed at first hand the advancements in fertility treatment and technology, to which they credit their greater success with recent cycles.
In 2006, Sharon and Paul decided to use the last of their embryos, which can be kept for up to five years. As a result,
“The technology is amazing. When you see the embryos before they are implanted you can really feel the potential for life.”
What is IVF treatment?
In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) involves removing a number of mature eggs from the ovary, fertilising them in the laboratory, and, after two or three days, transferring two embryos back to the uterus. Excess good quality embryos can be frozen and stored with the couple’s consent.