Polly Morgan

Women are still scared to talk about IVF. Let’s change that

Stigma and superstition are confining a crucial, life-changing conversation to coy and cutesy internet forums

As a result of a ruptured appendix, I am infertile. The appendicitis was followed by gangrene and peritonitis, which permanently blocked my fallopian tubes and left me having to do IVF for a chance to have my own child.

I have never felt shame about my situation but I have felt isolation and grief, both of which would be very much more bear-able if people were prepared to talk openly about in-vitro fertilisation — to dispel the taboo that still surrounds it.

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