‘The reality for an IVF warrior’: Rhian Sugden posts candid snap in tears as she goes through ‘hard’ Mother’s Day amid fertility struggles
The glamour model, 36, was in tears in a selfie uploaded to her social media as she penned in the caption: ‘The reality of Mother’s Day for an IVF warrior. It’s hard.’
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.
Since she has had four rounds of IVF in an attempt to conceive with her husband Oliver Mellor who she married in 2018.
In her Mother’s Day snap she was laying down in bed staring up at the camera as tears ran down her cheeks.
Tough: Rhian Sugden posted a candid snap on her Instagram Story on Sunday as she told of experiencing a ‘hard’ Mother’s Day amid her fertility struggles
Journey: She has had four rounds of IVF in an attempt to conceive with her husband Oliver Mellor who she married in 2018
She was makeup free and had her blonde tresses in loose waves over her shoulders as she was honest and open in her caption.
In September 2021 Rhian revealed that her fourth round of IVF had failed and at the time admitted she was struggling to put on a ‘brave face’. It is not known if she has tried for a fifth round since.
The beauty showed her vulnerable side as she candidly discussed feeling down on Instagram amid her challenging fertility journey.
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]
In April 2019, Rhian 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.
Knock back: In September 2021 Rhian revealed that her fourth round of IVF had failed and at the time admitted she was struggling to put on a ‘brave face’
Honest: 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
Anticipation: In October 2020, Rhian revealed her third round of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) was ‘looming’ in a candid Instagram post shared
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.’
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.