‘I would ask, whats the point of living?’: Women share the anguish of not being able to conceive – TimesLIVE

She and a friend, Tracey Bambrough, founded an online support and information platform, IVF Babble, for people going through the same anguish.

Bambrough went through a 10-year journey characterised by miscarriages, anguish, heartache, misdiagnosis and failed IVFs.

She remembered the pain and despair the experience brought. At some point, she and her husband were friends with a couple who shared the same problem, but when she conceived before her friend, the friendship crumbled.

Sitting in clinics and hospitals, you can see everyone struggling. The despair hurts you. It affects every aspect of your life, Bambrough said.

Gauteng health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku attended the two-day conference and praised how it opened up dialogue on issues around fertility.

Masuku called for access to fertility health benefits.

He said the province needed to build more public fertility centres. Gauteng currently has one, and Pretorias Steve Biko Academic Hospital also serves patients from Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga.

Masuku said the Fertility Show Africa helped break cultural taboos surrounding infertility that had to be dealt with not only medically and psychologically, but also culturally.

The MEC suggested that traditional healers be included in future fertility shows.

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