Amy Hart, 27, reveals she will freeze her eggs in a few weeks time after doctors told her she will go through menopause in her early 40s
Amy Hart has revealed she will get her eggs frozen in March, after a fertility doctor confirmed she is likely to go into menopause in her early 40s.
The former Love Islander, 27, recently went through a fertility MOT to find out if she was likely to follow her mother and aunties into an early menopause.
During an appearance on Loose Women, Amy said her two aunties were 42 and her mother was 44 when they stopped producing eggs.
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All set: Amy Hart has revealed she will get her eggs frozen in March, after a fertility doctor confirmed she is likely to go into menopause in her early 40s
‘I’m 27, always had regular periods, I’ve not had any problems at all,’ Amy said.
Amy continued: ‘It started [idea of getting her eggs frozen] when I was unlucky in dating. My whole thing was ‘what if I never have children?’,’
‘I’m definitely going to do it in March. It’s ten days of injections. To make the ovaries work overtime. Another injection, then I go under general anaesthetic.’
Revelations: The former Love Islander, 27, recently went through a fertility MOT to find out if she was likely to follow her mother and aunties into an early menopause
Her story: Although the NHS doesn’t usually fund egg freezing – unless you’re undergoing a medical treatment which could affect fertility – Amy is keen to have the procedure
Planning ahead: Amy explained: ‘I just think I’m gonna do it at some point because my eggs are going to be a better quality now than they will in two, three, four years time’
Precautions: Amy told the panel: ‘I’m 27, always had regular periods, I’ve not had any problems at all’
Amy explained she thought the MOT would be a simple ‘jelly belly’ scan and a blood test, but it was actually an internal scan.
WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE?
Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after she stops her periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
Some women go through this time with few, if any, symptoms, around 60 percent experience symptoms resulting in behavioral changes and one in four will suffer severely.
Common symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, disrupted sleep, decreased sex drive, problems with memory and concentration and mood swings.
Menopause happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month.
In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51, according to the NHS.
She joked: ‘When they asked me to take my pants off I was like “sorry please take me out to dinner first”.’
But she said the experience wasn’t awful, and she got to see the eggs in her ovaries – which were healthy.
‘They did a blood test for AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone which could indicate how long you’ll be fertile for] and then they do the internal scan to look at your ovaries, and where I was in my cycle,’ Amy revealed.
‘I had the perfect number of eggs – I had 15 on one ovary and about eight on the other.
‘Where I was in my cycle I was fine. He said, ‘Eggs are looking really good, so your AMH level is 8.5’, which I thought was out of 10, so I’m thinking, “Lovely, result!”
‘It turns out it’s between 6 and 20, which is actually quite low for my age.
‘So that’s your prognosis for how long you’ll be fertile for. They don’t know for sure – it’s not a guarantee, it might not work.
‘But it’s an indicator and it fits in with my family history as well in that I’ll probably go through the menopause in early forties.
Unlucky? When Linda Robson asked why she had been so unlucky in love she said: ‘I think all the people I’ve met I’ve either been too much or not enough. I’m quite a full on person’
FREEZING YOUR EGGS: THE FACTS
Freezing eggs means going through the IVF process, which typically takes two to three weeks.
This involves taking drugs to boost the production of eggs, and also to help the eggs mature.
Once the eggs are ready, women are placed under general anaesthetic while they are collected – typically around 15 eggs, although this isn’t always possible for women with lower reserves.
Next, a freezing solution is added to the eggs to protect them, then they are frozen and stored in tanks of liquid nitrogen.
When the woman is ready to use the eggs, they are thawed and those that have survived intact are injected with sperm.
Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Unlucky-in love: She added: ‘It started when I was unlucky in dating. My whole thing was what if I never have children’
Heartache: Amy starred in Love Island last year in the hope of finding the perfect man but was left broken hearted when Curtis Pritchard dumped her
‘I’ve always wanted to freeze my eggs, so I thought, “I’d go to the Fertility MOT, it’s not going to be an issue”. So when he said that, I was like, “Wow, ok.”
When Linda Robson asked why she had been so unlucky in love she said: ‘I think all the people I’ve met I’ve either been too much or not enough. I’m quite a full on person.’
And if she meets a man between now and March she said she’ll still go through with the process. She said: ‘I’d still do it. I’m not going to live my life by any man I meet.’
Leggy: The reality star cut a stylish figure in a blue lace minidress, which featured cuffed sleeves and buttons
Stylish: Amy teamed the look with thigh-high grey suede heeled boots
Family history: During an appearance on Loose Women she said her two aunties were 42 and her mother Susan (pictured in July) was 44 when they stopped producing eggs
Amy said she would ‘love to meet someone, get married and have kids naturally’, but if that doesn’t happen she wants her ‘insurance’.
She added: ‘I just think I’m going to do it at some point. My best eggs are now. That’s not my decision, that’s my body’s decision.’
Loose Women is on weekdays from 12:30pm on ITV.
Intense: Amy explained she thought the MOT would be a simple ‘jelly belly’ scan and a blood test, but it was actually an internal scan
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