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‘Had a hell of a tough few weeks’: Rhian Sugden reveals her fourth round of IVF has failed

‘Had a hell of a tough few weeks’: Rhian Sugden reveals her fourth round of IVF has failed as she admits she is struggling to put on a ‘brave face’

Rhian Sugden revealed on Thursday that her fourth round of IVF has failed while admitting that she is struggling to put on a ‘brave face’. 

The glamour model, 34, showed her vulnerable side as she candidly discussed feeling down on Instagram amid her challenging fertility journey.

She announced her decision to start the in-vitro fertilisation process in 2019 after she was told by doctors that she has an egg count of someone at least 13 years older.  

‘Had a hell of a tough few weeks’: Rhian Sugden told her Instagram followers on Thursday that her fourth round of IVF has failed while admitting that she is struggling to put on a ‘brave face’

And sharing a glamorous photo clad in lingerie, Rhian provided an update: ‘Been feeling blue [blue heart emoji]. Had a hell of a tough few weeks…

‘For those that have been following my journey… IVF round 4 failed ❤️‍but it’s now time for me to pick myself up and carry on! 

‘Being in the public eye and trying to keep a brave face on his harder than it looks but I’ve done it many times before and I will do it again. 

‘It’s time to stick on my best undies, get myself back to normal and get back behind that camera doing what makes me happy! Big shout out to my support network. You’re the best! ❤️ #ivfwarrior [pineapple emoji].’ [sic]

Honest: The model, 34, who is married to Oliver Mellor, 40, showed her vulnerable side as she candidly discussed feeling down on social media amid her challenging fertility journey (pictured in 2019)

Honest: The model, 34, who is married to Oliver Mellor, 40, showed her vulnerable side as she candidly discussed feeling down on social media amid her challenging fertility journey (pictured in 2019)

Knock back: She said: 'Been feeling blue [blue heart emoji]. Had a hell of a tough few weeks… For those that have been following my journey… IVF round 4 failed'

Knock back: She said: ‘Been feeling blue [blue heart emoji]. Had a hell of a tough few weeks… For those that have been following my journey… IVF round 4 failed’

In April 2019, Rhian, who is married to actor Oliver Mellor, 40, discussed her plans to have IVF after being told she has an egg count of ‘a woman over 45’ but added that the procedure carries only a ‘two per cent’ success rate. 

Rhian explained: ‘I was told that I may never be a mum – and I’m heartbroken. 

‘Doctors said I have the egg count of a woman over 45, meaning it’s unlikely I would ever conceive naturally.

‘It also means the odds of getting pregnant by IVF have gone down from 30 per cent to two per cent – which was pretty devastating to hear.’

Beginning: In April 2019, Rhian discussed her plans to start IVF after being told she has an egg count of 'a woman over 45'

Beginning: In April 2019, Rhian discussed her plans to start IVF after being told she has an egg count of ‘a woman over 45’

And in October last year, Rhian revealed her third round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) was ‘looming’ in a candid Instagram post shared.

The glamour model 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. 

She 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. 

Anticipation: And in October last year, Rhian revealed her third round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) was 'looming' in a candid Instagram post shared

Anticipation: And in October last year, Rhian revealed her third round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) was ‘looming’ in a candid Instagram post shared

‘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.’

The following month she expressed heartache and confirmed her third attempt had failed

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.

Devastated: The following month she expressed heartache and confirmed her third attempt had failed

Devastated: The following month she expressed heartache and confirmed her third attempt had failed

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

 

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