One pregnancy test followed another, but for 12 months the results showed up negative. A visit to the doctors revealed that Erin had developed an infection in one of her fallopian tubes. Its removal, however, would mean that a natural conception would subsequently prove incredibly tricky.
Erin’s problems didn’t end there, though. When the surgery had been completed, doctors discovered she had both hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Although neither condition posed a particular threat to the wannabe mom’s health, they meant conception would range from difficult to impossible, with a risk of miscarriage if successful.
So Erin and her husband weighed up their options and decided to try other methods of conception. First they gave intrauterine insemination (IUI) a shot, whereby Matthew’s sperm was placed directly into Erin’s uterus. “This would be the beginning of our hundreds of injections,” Erin told the New York Post in October 2018.