When she unexpectedly got pregnant with her second child, it was too much for Lule to handle, so she used an intrauterine device to prevent further surprises. She has since regretted this decision, writes Stella Nakakande

Veronica Lule is a 31-year-old mother of two. She had her first child at the age of 22, a few months right after university and before marriage. Her first born child was a healthy baby girl and like most mothers, she was quite secure that breastfeeding would prevent another pregnancy: “I was free from pills and nursing my baby.”

At the end of her maternity leave, when the baby was three months old, she went back to work. However, over time, she noticed she was not having her monthly period but quickly attributed it to breast feeding.

Nausea and tiredness eventually took her to the doctor for a review. “I thought I had malaria, so I was quite surprised when the doctor told me I was three months pregnant,” Lule says, adding, “I sat there in disbelief because I was not ready for another child, the pampers and everything else; I almost cried. My daughter was only eight months old and here I was going down the same road.” She walked home in a daze and it took quite some time for the news to sink in.

“It took me time to accept it, but I eventually did and gave birth to a healthy baby boy six months afterwards.” Afraid to go down a similar road, Lule used contraceptives and after breastfeeding, she decided to have a coil inserted into her uterus. That was six years ago.

When her second born was five, she decided to have the device removed. “I wanted more children,” she explains. She has been trying for the last three years and has since failed. There was no cause for alarm in the first year of trying; Lule and her husband thought it was a normal thing. However, failure to conceive in the second year raised questions. So they decided to go and see a doctor about it.

“We were told one of my fallopian tubes was blocked. The doctor explained that it had an infection that had caused scarring,” she says regretfully. According to the doctor, the other tube was fine but the uterus had also been scarred so it was unable to hold a pregnancy.
“I was devastated but then I was happy I had children of both sexes,” she says, “Nevertheless, being unable to conceive was the last thing I had expected; it is so sad that I cannot bear any more children.”