Rhian Sugden ‘struggling to put on brave face’ as she opens up on IVF heartbreak

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Rhian Sugden has shared her heartbreak that her fourth round of IVF treatment had not been successful.

The 34-year-old glamour model explained that she'd had a "hell of a tough few weeks" and was now struggling to "put on a brave face" after her challenging fertility journey.

In 2019, the ex Page 3 star announced her plan to start the in-vitro fertilisation after specialists discovered that her egg count had been considerably low for someone in her age bracket.

After feeling down, the glamour model decided it was time to pick herself up again and took to Instagram modelling a stunning underwear set – while explaining the situation to her following.

Her update read: "Been feeling blue.

"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 is 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."

Rhian and her Coronation Street husband Oliver Mellor, 40, received the tough news in April 2019 that her egg count had been similar to "a woman over 45".

This meant their chances of conceiving naturally were estimated to be low and so the married-couple signed up to IVF, knowing that the procedure only carries a "two per cent" success rate.

At the time, the online model 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."

The medical procedure know as IVF, is used to help couple who are struggling to conceive by inserting an already fertilised embryo into the womb – with the hope that the pregnancy will continue on as normal after.

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