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Growing up, Lori always knew she wanted to have a family of her own one day. As one of four children herself, she knew she wanted kids - the only question was how many.
When she met her future husband, she quickly learned he wanted a big family – a ‘rugby team’ was how he liked to put it.
Lori had never had regular periods, and they’d always been excruciatingly painful, so shortly before her wedding, she went to see her GP to work out when her period might be due.
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In the year preceding her wedding she’d only had one proper period, but she worried that the stress of planning a wedding might bring it on at just the wrong time.
The GP put Lori on progesterone to work out her period and recommended a pelvic ultrasound to understand why her periods were so irregular.
The ultrasound quickly showed she had polycystic ovaries. Further tests revealed that she also had endometriosis.
The diagnosis made sense to Lori after all the years of discomfort and pain she had already endured and so, being told she would likely have great difficulty falling pregnant naturally, did not surprise her.
She was 31 by then and knew she wanted to try for a baby soon after her wedding, so she booked an appointment with a fertility specialist for six weeks after her big day.
“In my mind, I’d decided it would take a minimum of two years to get pregnant. I think I was setting myself up for a long haul to avoid the initial disappointment that I assumed I would experience once we started trying for a baby,” Lori says.