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We thought we’d never have children after my diagnosis – now we have THREE

A WIFE who thought she’d never have kids after her shock diagnosis has told of her joy now she has THREE.

Kristie Sicolo, 35, struggled to get pregnant and went to see her GP for advice.

Kristie Sicolo, 35, struggled to get pregnant. Now she has three kids with husband Oli

Kristie Sicolo, 35, struggled to get pregnant. Now she has three kids with husband OliCredit: Kristie Sicolo
Now the couple have Arthur, two, and twins Imelda and Noah

Now the couple have Arthur, two, and twins Imelda and NoahCredit: Kristie Sicolo

There, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries function.

It occurs when the sacs the ovaries sit in are unable to release an egg, which means ovulation doesn’t happen.

The condition – which affects one in five women – often makes it extremely difficult to fall pregnant.

Now, Kristie and her husband Oli Dickson, 33 – from Wallingford, Oxfordshire – are telling their story in a bid to inspire those who have also struggled.

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Kristie told the Mirror: “I didn’t realise there would be any fertility issues until my formal diagnosis in 2016.

“Alarm bells started ringing and I was in panic mode, we instantly kickstarted the process to start a family.”

After struggling to conceive with the help of various medications for 18 months – Kirstie and Oli were told IVF was their only option.

Kirstie added: “IVF is so emotionally challenging because you can’t control it and it’s somebody else’s hands.

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“The first part of the process in terms of getting the eggs that were the most stressful.

“You have to take medication and it was quite uncomfortable – I fell ill.”

But the long process worked, and the couple were overjoyed.

“I took the pregnancy test and it was positive and we immediately went to the shop and bought another five tests,” she added.

Kirstie said it was hard watching other women celebrate their pregnancy news, she said.

Kristie said: “It was quite emotional while we were trying to conceive you have to sit in an area where people are getting scans and coming out with their scans.

“We used to always get upset and it’s just pure torture.

“You have all of these people finding out they’re pregnant when we didn’t know if it was ever going to happen for us.”

Now, the couple have three kids Arthur, two, and twins Imelda and Noah, one.

For many, the only hint of PCOS is irregular periods, while in more severe cases sufferers can be left with embarrassing hair growth on their faces, chest, back and backside.

The condition affects how a woman’s ovaries function.

It occurs when the sacs the ovaries sit in are unable to release an egg, which means ovulation doesn’t happen.

This means a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant naturally are very small.

Most women discover they have the condition when they are trying for a baby because they have had several unsuccessful attempts.

During each menstrual cycle, the ovaries release an egg into the uterus via the fallopian tube.

This process is called ovulation and usually occurs once a month.

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However, women with polycystic ovaries often fail to ovulate or ovulate infrequently, which means they have irregular or absent periods.

Medics don’t yet know what causes polycystic ovary syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Kristie and Oli Dickson are telling their story in a bid to inspire those who have also struggled

Kristie and Oli Dickson are telling their story in a bid to inspire those who have also struggledCredit: Kristie Sicolo