Phil had been through successful IVF with his wife, Karen (Interview 32) after she had sterilisation treatment.
Phil’s wife had been previously married and had four children. She had been through sterilisation so they were forced to consider fertility treatment to have a child together. Phil and his wife initially chose a private clinic that offered egg sharing. But their experiences were not very positive and they finally withdrew from the egg-sharing programme. They found another private clinic, and went through IVF a second time and his wife, Karen, was successful in getting pregnant. He describes going through IVF as a couple isolating, and felt they did not really know very much about it when they started.