BBC writer and historian Greg Jenner has opened up about the IVF treatment journey that he and his wife recently took. It’s heartbreaking, hopeful, and very important.
Infertility is an issue that, traditionally, many people struggle to talk openly about. It’s perhaps understandable why discussions around IVF treatment can be tricky, due to the amount of emotional, physical and financial stresses that come with it. But the reality is that fertility treatments are at a record-breaking high, with more people using them than ever before. Just recently, actor Anne Hathaway and musician Natalie Imbruglia shared their own experiences on Instagram. And model Chrissy Teigen has always been very open and honest about her IVF pregnancy. With so many people accessing treatment, we’re starting to hear more candid conversations around IVF.
Proving just how important these discussions are, a Twitter thread about the rollercoaster of IVF went viral this week. Greg Jenner – who is a BBC writer, historian and adviser for Horrible Histories – shared the story of the IVF journey he and his wife took. It started in 2016 after two years of trying to get pregnant. He candidly wrote about their experiences and explained the realities of living after a miscarriage, failing to conceive, paying for private treatment and giving up hope.
Read the full thread of tweets below:
Jenner then called for there to be more awareness around IVF, explaining that it’s a “private” and “hidden” treatment that people go through.
The heartbreaking yet hopeful tweet has received over 35,000 likes, with many people replying with their own experiences. It just goes to show the power of starting a difficult conversation and inviting people to join in. IVF should definitely not be something that people feel they need to keep hidden in 2019.