Julia tells us her story: “We can’t be judgemental about what maternity should be like”
We love hearing real patient testimonies! Today we’d like to share with our readers the story of a patient who is very dear to the Gutenberg family. In her early twenties, during a routine visit to her gynaecologist, Julia was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure. This is also known as premature menopause. As she already had a very close relationship with our clinic, she quickly put herself in our hands to ensure her future as a mother.
When she received her diagnosis she didn’t have a partner or plans for motherhood in the near future, so she made the decision to preserve her fertility by freezing eggs. Due to her premature ovarian failure, and as a result her poor response to the ovarian stimulation treatment, only one or two eggs were obtained in each cycle, and sometimes none. Several cycles were needed in order to obtain a good number of eggs to ensure her chances of motherhood in the future.
And throughout this process, between her cycles, she met her partner and now father of her baby girl… Here you have her story with a happy ending!
Tell us how you heard about our fertility clinic in Spain.
One of my family members works at your assisted reproduction clinic, and I’ve had a wonderful friendship with the Gutenberg family for the past 30 years.
After your first appointment with us, what made you choose URE Centro Gutenberg to become a mom?
The choice was clear. Centro Gutenberg Assisted Reproduction Unit wasn’t just the best choice because of their renowned professionalism and the experience of their staff, but it was also the place where I would receive the best care.
Deciding to undergo treatment with Gutenberg meant putting myself in the best hands and, and if those hands were my friends’ hands, even better! I have really been very fortunate in that regard.
Tell other moms what your initial doubts and questions were before embarking on assisted reproduction treatment.
I didn’t have many questions. I had known for a long time that I might need to undergo assisted reproduction treatment, so the clinic’s team of doctors and biologists had clearly explained to me, many times, everything about the process and the different possibilities. Patients at Gutenberg couldn’t be better informed – it’s the clinic’s trademark.
What fertility treatment did the medical team recommend? Artificial insemination? In vitro fertilisation?
Given my history, in Vitro Fertilisation was my only option.
What fears did you have, how did you overcome them, how did you feel during treatment…?
By biggest fear was not being able to become a mother, but thanks to clinic staff I was able to overcome it. They were always realistic but also very determined; they never gave up and always looked for alternatives. That’s how I was able to become a mother 15 months ago, and it has been the biggest reward after a very long journey.
I’d like to thank each and every one of the members of the team at Gutenberg for their support throughout the process. I felt accompanied, understood and cared for at all times. Human touch is another one of the clinic’s trademarks.
What advice would you give to other women and couples who are considering fertility treatment?
To fight for it and to not lose hope, but know that you have to set boundaries. The process is hard, which is why you can never forget that the most important thing is the female’s physical and mental health.
It’s also important to avoid being judgemental about what maternity should be like. Sometimes people become parents in ways you wouldn’t expect: through IVF, egg donation, adoption…
And whether it’s with a partner or on your own, it is important to embark on this journey with as much confidence, positivity and emotional stability as possible, and always be open and frank about it. Many couples suffer more than they need to during the process simply because they are embarrassed and keep everything secret from the people around them.
Thank you again, Julia, for allowing us to share your story with our Assisted Reproduction Unit. Being a friend of the family allowed us to approach your case in a special way and it was a personal challenge for us. We are truly delighted that we were able to help you make your dream come true.
And you, a future mom or dad who is reading this article, remember that on our web site we have posted many other real stories from patients who have undergone treatment at URE. We want you to have the chance to hear about all types of cases first hand, because you’ll likely identify with some of them.
Apart from that, we’d like to remind you that we are available to answer any questions you may have. Contact us if you’d like to make an appointment for an initial assessment.
Remember that this first appointment is free and it will give you an opportunity to meet us, talk about your particular case and discuss the different options. Our doors are open for you!