Rhian Sugden says 'round three of IVF is looming' after two attempts

‘I’m a fertility warrior’: Rhian Sugden poses in a sheer black bra as she reveals ’round three of IVF treatment is looming’ after two failed attempts

Rhian Sugden has revealed her third round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) ‘is looming’ in a candid Instagram post shared on Friday.

The glamour model, 34, told how she was left feeling ’embarrassed’ as she suffered from hyperpigmentation during her second attempt of the treatment, which she claimed caused her ‘freckles to quadruple’.

Alongside her detailed message, the former CBB star caught the eye as she slipped into a sheer black lingerie by Pour Moi for a typically racy photo. 

‘I’m a fertility warrior’: Rhian Sugden has revealed her third round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) ‘is looming’ in a candid Instagram post shared on Friday

The influencer was the picture of confidence in her striking lingerie while going make-up free to showcase her complexion.

Referencing one of the side effects of IVF, the TV star, who had endured gruelling treatment for 18 months, said: ‘Keep calm and freckle on.. I always used to love my freckles and always been happy to wear minimal makeup to show them off.

‘However during my second (failed) round of IVF last year my freckles quadrupled and took over my face. It now looks like I have awful sun damage and I’ve been so embarrassed by it.

‘Little did I know that hyperpigmentation is a side affect of the IVF and the hormones that I injected.’

Challenges: After discovering she can’t conceive naturally and has the egg count of ‘a woman over 45’, the glamour model, 34, went through two rounds of IVF, which failed

‘I’ve been so embarrassed’: The CBB star told how she suffered from hyperpigmentation during her second attempt of the treatment, which caused her ‘freckles to quadruple’

Going strong: The media personality is married to actor Oliver Mellor (pictured on holiday in Turkey on Thursday)

The media personality went on to reveal people had accused her of ‘ruining her skin with sun damage’.

Rhian, who is married to actor Oliver Mellor, 39, elaborated: ‘For the last year people have picked up on my darkening freckles that have appeared under my eyes. 

‘I’ve received comments telling me it’s made me look older and that I’ve ruined my skin with sun damage… so I ended up spending a small fortune on treatments to try and shift it – and failed.

‘Only to realise it’s actually caused by an increase in oestrogen which happens during fertility treatment and/or pregnancy. Something I had no idea about.


‘I ended up spending a small fortune on treatments to try and shift it’: The blonde went on to reveal people had accused her of ‘ruining her skin with sun damage’ (R in 2019)

How does IVF work?

In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.

It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.

Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.

The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.

People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.

The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.

Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.

Chances of success

The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).

Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.

IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.

Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:

29 per cent for women under 35

23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37

15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39

9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42

3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44

2 per cent for women aged over 44

 

‘It’s funny what affect other people’s opinions can have on you. Even when they’re from people we don’t even know, we still get affected and it’s made me so insecure.’

The blonde ended her post by insisting that while she’s sure ‘more freckles will appear’ when she commences her third attempt of IVF, she’s started to embrace her appearance.

She said: ‘Round 3 is looming which probably means even more are due to appear… One of my friends said it looks like a super hero shaped mask has formed under my eyes because I’m a fertility warrior… which from now on, I shall be owning #ttccommunity #ttc #ivfwarrior #frecklesfordays.’ (sic)

After discovering that she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally and has the egg count of ‘a woman over 45’, she and her actor husband went through two rounds of IVF. 

‘I’ve not been this happy in months’: The lingerie star bought Roger the Cavapoo, who helped console her during her journey, in July

They were given the devastating news just before Christmas that their second cycle of treatment in November 2019 had failed.

Earlier this year, Rhian created a natural tanning range after medics told her to avoid cosmetics with nasty chemicals to give herself the best chance of falling pregnant. 

The Bury native even hired an alternative therapies specialist and became much more conscious of her product choices.

Her third round was initially delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and she bought Roger the Cavapoo, who helped console her during her journey, in July.

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