Loose Women panellist Lisa Riley reveals IVF struggle with partner

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Lisa Riley discussed her struggle to conceive through IVF on Wednesday's episode of Loose Women.

Appearing on the panel, the 41-year-old revealed she tried the procedure for seven months, but has now realised it is not for her after a string of 'rubbish' results.

While she confessed she was a 'wreck' at the time, the former Strictly star assured she was 'moving on' from the prospect of having a baby, as she is more than happy living life with her 'fantastic partner'.

Difficult times: Lisa Riley discussed her struggle to conceive through IVF for the first time on Wednesday's Loose Women

Difficult times: Lisa Riley discussed her struggle to conceive through IVF for the first time on Wednesday's Loose Women

Lisa and her co-stars Andrea McLean, Janet Street-Porter and Stacey Solomon were discussing whether women should feel obligated to talk about their IVF process on the show. 

Recalling her own experience, the star revealed she had wanted to keep hers private, as she did not want to face judgment from others if it didn't work.

She said: 'Whatever the female wants to do is completely fine. I personally didn't want to tell anyone at all. I was going straight to the specialist, I didn’t want it to be a case of 'Where are you up to now?'

Heartbreaking: The 41-year-old revealed she tried the procedure for seven months, but has now realised it is not for her after a string of 'rubbish' results (pictured with Andrea McLean) 

Heartbreaking: The 41-year-old revealed she tried the procedure for seven months, but has now realised it is not for her after a string of 'rubbish' results (pictured with Andrea McLean) 

Positive: However, the Strictly star assured she was 'moving on' from the prospect of having a baby, as she is more than happy living life with her 'fantastic partner'

Positive: However, the Strictly star assured she was 'moving on' from the prospect of having a baby, as she is more than happy living life with her 'fantastic partner'

'Whether its good, bad or indifferent it's your personal thing. I didn't want to be judged by anybody and feel like I was a failure.' 

Lisa went on to reveal that she and her partner Al have been trying IVF for some time, but have decided to 'move on' after unsuccessful results.

She said: 'I went through it all and my other half was unbelievable. My readings were rubbish. I’ve tried it for seven months but it's not for me. 

In a good place: She recalled of her IVF experience: 'I went through it all and my other half was unbelievable. My readings were rubbish. I’ve tried it for seven months but it's not for me'

In a good place: She recalled of her IVF experience: 'I went through it all and my other half was unbelievable. My readings were rubbish. I’ve tried it for seven months but it's not for me'

'I was an absolute wreck!': The panel praised her being so strong and using her experience to help others - but Lisa was quick to affirm that she still had her emotional moments throughout

'I was an absolute wreck!': The panel praised her being so strong and using her experience to help others - but Lisa was quick to affirm that she still had her emotional moments throughout

'It's not that you feel like a failure - for me personally I kept it quiet and I decided it's not for me and I'm moving on, so now I'm going to tell people about it.' 

The panel praised her being so strong and using her experience to help others - but Lisa was quick to affirm that she still had her low moments during the emotional process, like any other woman.

'I was an absolute wreck,' she said. 'You know how confident I am. And a tin of beans fell out the cupboard and it was the equivalent of losing my mum I was crying and crying!' 

Lisa, who famously dropped twelve stone in recent years, also addressed the weight gain that comes with IVF - and admitted it affected her mentally. 

'I was the gym like, why am I putting weight on?': Lisa, who famously dropped twelve stone, also addressed the weight gain that comes with IVF - and admitted it affected her mentally

'I was the gym like, why am I putting weight on?': Lisa, who famously dropped twelve stone, also addressed the weight gain that comes with IVF - and admitted it affected her mentally

'It's OK to not have a child': However, the Bury native affirmed she was back to her confident best after the process, and is more than happy living life with her musician partner

'It's OK to not have a child': However, the Bury native affirmed she was back to her confident best after the process, and is more than happy living life with her musician partner

She said: 'People who take the hormones know you balloon. I was at the gym like, 'How am I putting weight on?!' That really played with my head.'

However, the Bury native affirmed she was back to her confident best after the process, and is more than happy living life with her musician partner.

She added: 'I am a woman with a fantastic partner and it's OK to not have a child.

'All my girlfriends have got families, and I am godmother to some of them. You think, 'Am I fulfilled? Have I done everything?' But I have a lovely life and I am blessed with that.’

Inspiring: She said:  'I am a woman with a fantastic partner and it's OK to not have a child. I have a lovely life and I am blessed with that'

Inspiring: She said:  'I am a woman with a fantastic partner and it's OK to not have a child. I have a lovely life and I am blessed with that'

Lisa had previously revealed that her chances of conceiving are next to none, after a year of undergoing secret fertility tests - which revealed her eggs were so poor, there was little chance of pregnancy.

The actress had tried for a baby following her dramatic weight loss, but was left devastated when doctors delivered the news she was unlikely to get pregnant.

She told The Mirror: 'Finding out that I was unlikely to get pregnant was a blow but I refuse to be defined by that.

'My body was being pumped full of hormones to get my egg readings, and in the end they weren't good, it messes with your head and I just couldn't do that to myself any more.' 

However, the star did recently celebrate the one-year milestone of her new slimmed down figure - after finally removing her excess skin following her impressive weight loss.

The television presenter went under the knife twice to get rid of excess skin on her stomach, legs and arms in February last year.

Lisa got herself into fabulous shape thanks to gruelling exercise and changing her lifestyle choices, which has in turn given her a positive outlook. 

Looking good: The star recently celebrated the one-year milestone of her new figure - after going under the knife to remove her excess skin, following her 12 stone weight loss 

Looking good: The star recently celebrated the one-year milestone of her new figure - after going under the knife to remove her excess skin, following her 12 stone weight loss 

 

 

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