A single woman who was advised by doctors to have a hysterectomy at just 17 years old has had her dream baby via IVF
Samara Davies had chronic pain from the age of 12 and was diagnosed with endometriosis soon after; a known cause of infertility.
Desperate to be a mother one day, she was devastated when doctors told her the only way to relieve the pain and discomfort she felt on a daily basis, was to have a hysterectomy.
But Samra, now 19, had other ideas
She told the Mirror: “I was 17 when I was told I would need a hysterectomy if I wanted to improve my quality of life and it was then that it really hit me.”
The part-time receptionist said she had surgery aged 15 to remove an orange-sized cyst but it did nothing to ease the painful cramps.
She lost friends as they couldn’t understand why she couldn’t go out and socialise.
The mother-of-one was not given a timescale for the hysterectomy but said she knew it was something that she would have to do at some point.
She was given £5,000 from her family to pursue her dream of becoming a mother and incredibly her IVF treatment worked after just one cycle.
She said: “I have taken a different route to my other friends who went to college after school but I am a mum now and I don’t plan on missing a second of Ailana growing up.
“I went through so much to get her here so I want to enjoy as much time with her as I can before I start working.”
She said IVF was ‘harsh on her body’ but pregnancy had helped to reduce the pain and cramps, something that is quite a common outcome for endometriosis sufferers.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found elsewhere, usually in the pelvis around the womb, on the ovaries, tubes, ligaments holding the pelvic organs in place as well as occasionally the bowel or bladder. It can affect up to one in ten women and can vary massively in severity. It is more common in women with a family history in their mother or sister. When this tissue is found within the muscle of the womb it’s called adenomyosis.
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