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Fashion designer, 28, details the intimate details of the IVF process

Australian designer Thessy Kouzoukas is currently six months pregnant, despite losing her left ovary and both her fallopian tubes last year.

But the brave mother-to-be, who is based in Brisbane, has detailed some of the more intimate aspects of her IVF experience – something she had to do as a result of her crippling battle with endometriosis.  

‘IVF is one of the toughest things I’ve done. Not so much physically, but mentally,’ the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram. 

Australian designer Thessy Kouzoukas is currently six months pregnant, despite losing her left ovary and both her fallopian tubes last year

‘The second round of egg pick up we expected a higher number as I was on triple the hormones as the first round (I injected myself 68 times for just that one round).

‘We counted nine follicles that were of the right size to retrieve from my one and only ovary. When I woke up from surgery, I asked the nearest nurse how many eggs they collected. She looked at the form, looked at me and said “3?”

‘This was even worse news than the first round of retrieval. From there we had only one egg successfully fertilise. ONE. Anyone who has done IVF knows how hard that info was to take. When my little embryo was transferred into me, I had to wait three whole weeks to find out if it worked or not.’

Thessy said the situation left her less than optimistic for what was ahead.   

Thessy said the situation left her less than optimistic for what was ahead

Thessy said the situation left her less than optimistic for what was ahead

The gorgeous brunette announced she was expecting her first baby with fiancé Georgio Batsinilas in March

The gorgeous brunette announced she was expecting her first baby with fiancé Georgio Batsinilas in March

‘I did not feel pregnant, I had 0 symptoms of pregnancy, and I felt exactly the same as the last unsuccessful transfer. I kept googling “success stories, one embryo” and reading of women who only got one and that one stuck,’ she explained.

‘Well guess what? It only takes one. I am living proof. I hope to be the little shimmer of hope to women going through something similar. I know I needed it at the time.’

The gorgeous brunette announced she was expecting her first baby with fiancé Georgio Batsinilas in March. 

At the time she was very honest about the effect endometriosis had on her life, going into early menopause at 27 and losing some of her vital reproductive organs.

She has previously spoken out about the IVF process. 

At the time she was very honest about the effect endometriosis had on her life, going into early menopause at 27 and losing some of her vital reproductive organs 

At the time she was very honest about the effect endometriosis had on her life, going into early menopause at 27 and losing some of her vital reproductive organs 

But it hasn't been an easy road for the 28-year-old, who was sent into early menopause at 27 and left without fallopian tubes and just one ovary due to crippling endometriosis

But it hasn’t been an easy road for the 28-year-old, who was sent into early menopause at 27 and left without fallopian tubes and just one ovary due to crippling endometriosis

‘They take your eggs, they artificially grow your eggs and they take your partner’s or a donor’s sperm and they mix it together outside of you and create a baby outside a test tube and then they grow the baby and put it back inside of you,’ Thessy said in a new video. 

‘I needed that because I don’t have fallopian tubes so my egg and his sperm can’t ever meet so they did that manually – I can fall pregnant with IVF so I am really lucky.’

Thessy said that scarring from her endometriosis had damaged her fallopian tubes a little too much so they were better off being removed than staying inside of her. 

Thessy said she never expected to be having children so soon but that all changed after she underwent a gruelling surgery to remove a 14 centimetre cyst in her left ovary in late 2017

Thessy said she never expected to be having children so soon but that all changed after she underwent a gruelling surgery to remove a 14 centimetre cyst in her left ovary in late 2017

Thessy said that scarring from her endometriosis had damaged her fallopian tubes a little too much so they were better off being removed than staying inside of her

Thessy said that scarring from her endometriosis had damaged her fallopian tubes a little too much so they were better off being removed than staying inside of her

‘If you have damaged tubes you can have problems like an ectopic pregnancy,’ she said.  

‘The first round of IVF for me was daunting. I don’t like needles. You have to inject yourself and the first round I had to inject myself twice a day or three times.’

She said the mood swings were also difficult to deal with as she doesn’t consider herself a ‘moody’ person naturally.   

‘I started IVF and I went crazy. I was super mean and I was super depressed for no reason and it was hard with all of the information you get and it was just a lot,’ she said. 

'The first round of IVF for me was daunting. I don't like needles. You have to inject yourself and the first round I had to inject myself twice a day or three times,' she said 

‘The first round of IVF for me was daunting. I don’t like needles. You have to inject yourself and the first round I had to inject myself twice a day or three times,’ she said 

'I started IVF and I went crazy. I was super mean and I was super depressed for no reason and it was hard with all of the information you get and it was just a lot,' she said

‘I started IVF and I went crazy. I was super mean and I was super depressed for no reason and it was hard with all of the information you get and it was just a lot,’ she said

Thessy did two rounds of IVF – the first of which was more challenging due to a ‘poor head space’ and not enough down time. 

‘You’ve got to make sure it is the first priority,’ she said.  

‘We decided to do a full second round of IVF and the second round was a lot easier for me – for both of us.’ 

Thessy did two rounds of IVF - the first of which was more challenging due to a 'poor head space' and not enough down time

Thessy did two rounds of IVF – the first of which was more challenging due to a ‘poor head space’ and not enough down time

'I only got three eggs in the second round and only one embryo. I was Googling hope stories and success stories and I would read them and wouldn't believe them,' she said 

‘I only got three eggs in the second round and only one embryo. I was Googling hope stories and success stories and I would read them and wouldn’t believe them,’ she said 

Thessy said she never expected to be having children so soon but that all changed after she underwent a gruelling surgery to remove a 14 centimetre cyst in her left ovary in late 2017.

She ended up having to have her entire left ovary removed and both her fallopian tubes after they were ravaged by the debilitating Stage 4 endometriosis.

‘When I woke up from surgery it was the sudden shock of it all. I had in my head that I was having one ovary removed and then we could have tried to fall pregnant naturally,’ she said. 

‘Then when I woke up from surgery they told me I could never fall pregnant naturally and if I wanted children I should do it then and now. We got pushed right into it and for me that was the hardest part. 

'It plays with your head. But I am the success story. We got one embryo and it worked,' she said 

‘It plays with your head. But I am the success story. We got one embryo and it worked,’ she said 

'The top photo was my cyst which measured 13cm long and sat inside my left ovary. This was taken the day before surgery and the cyst was caused by my endometriosis,' she said 

‘The top photo was my cyst which measured 13cm long and sat inside my left ovary. This was taken the day before surgery and the cyst was caused by my endometriosis,’ she said 

‘It was just operation, recover, IVF, IVF. You’ve got to be up for the fight and it’s a rollercoaster but you just have to be prepared for the journey.’

Thessy said she also experienced weight gain and acne but stressed that it is all temporary. 

‘You just need to remember you are doing it for a reason and that’s to have a child,’ she said. 

‘Everything is worth it.’  

Last year, Thessy shared a composite photo of her naked stomach with a bulge and one without - the medication to treat her endometriosis sent her into menopause at the age of 27

Last year, Thessy shared a composite photo of her naked stomach with a bulge and one without – the medication to treat her endometriosis sent her into menopause at the age of 27

'When something significant in life gets you down it is so easy to just give up,' Thessy said

‘When something significant in life gets you down it is so easy to just give up,’ Thessy said

Thessy said she found strength through her business partner and sister-in-law Yiota Kouzoukas, who gave birth to her first baby earlier this year despite also suffering from endometriosis.

‘When something significant in life gets you down it is so easy to just give up,’ Thessy said.

‘There is no point just saying I have a problem, this bad thing is happening to me, if you are not going to do anything about it.

‘I like to encourage all the other #endowarriors out there to try and work towards solutions with this disease, and now my baby is going to be proof that things are possible if you positively work towards a change.’ 

'There is no point just saying I have a problem, this bad thing is happening to me, if you are not going to do anything about it,' she said 

‘There is no point just saying I have a problem, this bad thing is happening to me, if you are not going to do anything about it,’ she said 

Her baby announcement comes after she revealed a medication she was on 'stopped all my hormones and sent me into menopause at the age of 27'

Her baby announcement comes after she revealed a medication she was on ‘stopped all my hormones and sent me into menopause at the age of 27’

Her pregnancy comes after she revealed a medication she was on ‘stopped all my hormones and sent me into menopause at the age of 27.’

She shared a composite photograph of her naked stomach with a bulge and one without on her Instagram.

‘This is quite shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis,’ Thessy said.

‘I never intended to share these photos hence why I’m naked, but my god I can’t believe the amount of DMs I’ve received from girls who have endo too and feel alone.

‘The left is my stomach three weeks after a ruptured cyst. The right is me now, on a drug called “synarel” that has stopped all my hormones and sent me into menopause at the age of 27.

‘Please, spread the word about endo. And If you know anyone with bad period pain please tell them to get checked for this. And to my girls with endo. You’re not alone.’ 



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