UK woman conceives six times in five years despite contraception

Published: 22 December, 2011 10:59 IST | ANI |

A woman in UK is now pregnant for the sixth time in five years, despite trying every form of contraception available.

A woman in UK is now pregnant for the sixth time in five years, despite trying every form of contraception available.

Gemma Potter, 23, has conceived repeatedly despite using condoms, the pill, the coil, progesterone injections and an implant. She and her husband Glenn, 27, now have three children - Shaun, four, Jessica, three, and Sophie, two - and have suffered two failed pregnancies.

The two are now expecting their fourth child despite only having had sex three times since September. "It has affected our sex life. I find it really hard to be intimate because I just keep thinking what if I get pregnant?" the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"You would think that being pregnant already would make it easier to have sex but I still feel worried. "It is a shame really and that is why I am so desperate to try anything to help. I know it is hard on Glenn," she said.

Potter was on the pill when she met her husband-to-be in May 2006, but fell pregnant just three months later, giving birth to son Shaun the following March. She went back on the pill in May 2007, but by August had fallen pregnant with her second child, Jessica, who was born in May 2008.

Four weeks after Jessica was born, doctors advised Potter to try the coil, telling her it was the most effective form of contraception but by November 2008 she was pregnant again. She then tried a contraceptive injection, which was administered every 12 weeks, but then had her second daughter Sophie after marrying in 2009.

Finally, after having an implant fitted - thought to be 99 per cent effective - she fell pregnant again, but sadly miscarried at 11 weeks. She returned to the pill again and is now ten weeks pregnant again.

"I love my children but I don't want any more. Unfortunately, termination just isn't an option for us as it is not something I agree with," she said. "If I keep having children and it gets to the stage that I can't afford them any more I would consider surrogacy," she added.

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