I’d produced 19 healthy eggs at the age of 31, so I didn’t for one second believe that we’d have any trouble conceiving. But every month, when I discovered I wasn’t pregnant, I felt the same sickening disappointment….
[My doctor] told me: “I’m sorry, we don’t give IVF to women aged 40 and over.” To be honest, it felt like a slap in the face.
I’d helped out the NHS [National Health Service - government healthcare] as an egg donor, and granted the gift of life to another woman. Now, when I desperately wanted a baby of my own, the NHS wouldn’t help me in return.
They were happy to exploit my fertility when I was young, but now that I wasn’t so fertile, doors were suddenly slamming in my face.
~ The UK’s Louise Milano, remarking on the pain of having never met a biological son born via IVF from her egg donation 13 years ago, as well as her own inability to conceive years later, as quoted by The Daily Mail, September 12
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