| 6.8°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Extreme pregnancy sickness: I couldn’t afford the medication and three years on, I’m still suffering the consequences

Hyperemesis gravidarum is severe sickness and vomiting affecting more than one in every 100 pregnancies. We hear from two women who have suffered hospitalisation, mental distress and physical complications because of the prohibitive cost of the medication prescribed for the condition

Close

Trish Lynch with her daughter Riley (2), who had to give up her house and move in with her parents in order to pay for her medication. Photo: James Connolly.

Trish Lynch with her daughter Riley (2), who had to give up her house and move in with her parents in order to pay for her medication. Photo: James Connolly.

Trish says HG has really impacted her mental health

Trish says HG has really impacted her mental health

Clare Larkin had to rely on getting medication from a friend who lives abroad. Photo: Patrick Browne.

Clare Larkin had to rely on getting medication from a friend who lives abroad. Photo: Patrick Browne.

Clare says pregnancy this time around has been easier

Clare says pregnancy this time around has been easier

/

Trish Lynch with her daughter Riley (2), who had to give up her house and move in with her parents in order to pay for her medication. Photo: James Connolly.

The profile of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) was raised some years ago when Kate Middleton had the condition during her three pregnancies, and in recent weeks, there have been reports in the Irish media highlighting the fact that Cariban, the HSE’s recommended frontline treatment for HG, is not available on the medical card or drug payment scheme.

When you talk to women unable to afford their medication it’s clear the current system puts them in an impossible situation. In 2017, during her first pregnancy, when Clare Larkin (then aged 25), was diagnosed with HG, her prescription was beyond her budget, and what followed was relentless nausea and vomiting that saw her bed-bound for most of her pregnancy.


Most Watched





Privacy