ICSI helps Katie and David become a family of five
Katie and David Willott, both 37 from Wokingham, discovered that fertility treatment would be their only option to start their longed-for family. Katie explains how Oxford Fertility helped the couple conceive three children.
“We met at university and married at 28. A couple of years later we started trying for a family but after a year, we didn’t have any luck. We made an appointment with our doctor, and it became clear, based on our test results that IVF would be the most viable option.
“Our GP gave us three clinics to choose between. We picked Oxford Fertility as it had the shortest waiting time and a friend who had been treated there spoke very highly of it. It also helped that Oxford Fertility had a satellite clinic in Reading, which meant we could just quickly nip out of work for appointments.
“The staff were all incredibly supportive and put us at ease in a difficult situation. When Mr Tim Child explained the results of our fertility tests, which weren’t great, he was very solutions focused. It was a tough message; in our situation there was no false hope, but he focused on the treatment that could help us and recommended ICSI.
We picked Oxford Fertility as it had the shortest waiting time and a friend who had been treated there spoke very highly of it.
“To qualify for NHS funding, you have to try naturally for two years and so we needed to continue for another five months. As the previous 19 months of disappointment were the hardest of my life, and I had received some inheritance from my grandma, we decided to start IVF straight away as private patients.
“We started treatment in January 2015. I produced 13 eggs, nine were fertilised and we had six good, viable embryos. One fresh embryo was transferred into my womb and five embryos were frozen for future use if needed.
“Two weeks later we did the pregnancy test, and it came back negative. But I had a spare one and the following day, I tried again, and this time it came back positive.
The staff were all incredibly supportive and put us at ease in a difficult situation.
“Nine months later, following an elective c-section due to a low-lying placenta, Thomas was born weighing eight pounds three and a half ounces. When he came out and started crying, I burst into tears as I was so relieved that he was finally here, safe, and well.
“We knew we wanted a sibling for Thomas. After giving some thought to the age gap and considering that it might take longer to conceive, we returned to Oxford Fertility and started a frozen IVF cycle using one of our stored embryos. This time I didn’t need as many drugs and the defrosted embryo was transferred in time with my natural cycle, which was a lot less physically demanding. It was still very emotional as we knew there was a chance that it may not work, and we didn’t know how we would feel if it didn’t. Thankfully, we had a positive pregnancy test and Elodie arrived just over two years after Thomas, weighing eight pounds.
When he came out and started crying, I burst into tears as I was so relieved that he was finally here, safe, and well.
“Although we were really happy to have Thomas and Elodie, we started considering having a third
child. After deciding that we did want another child, we returned to Oxford Fertility. Using another of our frozen embryos, which again was defrosted and transferred in line with my natural cycle, I fell pregnant for the third time. Chloe arrived two years after Elodie during April’s lock-down, weighing seven pounds four ounces.
“We are extremely grateful to Oxford Fertility and we know how lucky and fortunate we are to have had three successful rounds of IVF. Our advice to anyone considering fertility treatment is to tell people you’re close to as you’ll need the support network through the process and if it doesn’t work out they’ll understand what you’ve been through, sparing you some of the pain of explanations.”