A couple left devastated after their IVF treatment was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic have announced they are pregnant
Sam and Alan Conway, from Portsmouth, had been due to conclude their fourth round of IVF treatment but were told by their clinic, the Cowplain Clinic, that it would have to be suspended due to COVID-19.
The pair had already spent seven years and £20,000 on trying for a family and were left anxious as, like many couples across the globe, they did not know when they would get the chance to try again in 2020.
Sam, 37, told the Portsmouth News, “We were disappointed and also anxious as we didn’t know when we would get the opportunity to start again.
“We felt we couldn’t plan anything, that life was put on hold. We were gutted.”
“It was also quite a daunting time as we didn’t know how the treatment would be affected by the coronavirus when it started again.”
The couple had eight embryos frozen at the Cowplain Clinic, a satellite clinic of Wessex Fertility.
Sam had started taking the medication to prepare her body for an embryo transfer in February after the couple returned from holiday earlier in the year.
The pair had decided to take a break from treatment after their third cycle was unsuccessful.
Several months after their cycle was stopped, the couple were contacted by the clinic to say their treatment could restart in May.
But the couple were naturally apprehensive
Sam said: “It was scary and upsetting as we were still, to a degree, in lockdown, and the clinic informed us that I might have to go to the clinic on my own, without Alan.”
The couple’s embryo transfer took place in July after a lot of tears and anxiety.
Two weeks later they were delighted to have a positive pregnancy test.
Alan said: “We feel like we have waited so long for this so it’s an extra special time for us and family.”
Sam added: “After such a rollercoaster journey, it is a feeling of relief and total elation. I hope our story gives hope to others on the same path.”
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