Anton Du Beke details wife Hannah’s grueling IVF journey to welcome twins

Anton Du Beke reflected on his fertility struggles with wife Hannah as he detailed their ‘boot camp’ style IVF journey.

The ballroom professional, 56, became a father for the first time in March 2017 when he and his wife, 46, welcomed twins, George and Henrietta, after Hannah’s long struggle with endometriosis .

Speaking about parenthood on the Parenting Hell podcast, Judge Strictly revealed Hannah is “virtually perfect” and the “most amazing mom” calling the fact that she couldn’t conceive naturally “the saddest irony” .

Proud parents: Anton Du Beke reflected on his fertility struggles with wife Hannah as he detailed their ‘boot camp’ style IVF journey (pictured with twins George and Henrietta in 2020)

He explained, “She is everything I thought she would be. I thought she would be a great mom, I always knew she would be a great mom but she couldn’t have kids.

“I thought it wasn’t funny how nature works in mysterious ways – the person I thought was an amazing mum couldn’t have kids – that’s the sad irony of it all.

“But as we had IVF we were able to have them in the end and I’m thrilled for me – because I would have 100 [kids] by the way because I love them – but I’m thrilled for Hannah because she’s amazing at it.

Cute couple: Judge Strictly revealed Hannah was 'practically perfect' and the 'most amazing mum' calling the fact she couldn't conceive naturally 'the saddest irony'

Cute couple: Judge Strictly revealed Hannah was ‘practically perfect’ and the ‘most amazing mum’ calling the fact she couldn’t conceive naturally ‘the saddest irony’

In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus begins to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Endometriosis can affect women of any age, but it is most common in women in their 30s and 40s.

It’s a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, but there are treatments that can help.

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Discussing the process, she continued: “We were so lucky because we had a chance but it was kind of a boot camp, we were hardcore so it was really hard for Hannah – blood tests , injections every day – it’s really difficult.”

Anton added: “It’s wonderful that this happened.

“Hannah had endometriosis and it’s something that doesn’t get talked about a lot and I think she should talk about it – sharing is caring.”

It is thought that 10% of women suffer from endometriosis – a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places – causing pain and/or infertility.

Elsewhere in the chat, Anton revealed that having two kids means the house ends up being full of toys, as he recalled, “Hannah and the kids were gone for a week. I was working so I stayed here.

‘I had a skip in the drive because the kids room, I couldn’t see the floor and the garage, I couldn’t even get in, it was so full of c**p.’

Adorable: The ballroom professional, 56, became a father for the first time in March 2017 when he and his wife, 46, welcomed twins after Hannah's long struggle with endometriosis

Adorable: The ballroom professional, 56, became a father for the first time in March 2017 when he and his wife, 46, welcomed twins after Hannah's long struggle with endometriosis

Adorable: The ballroom professional, 56, became a father for the first time in March 2017 when he and his wife, 46, welcomed twins after Hannah’s long struggle with endometriosis

Anton continued: “So I went in and put everything away, did a little tidying up so it looked like I just tidied up.” I literally filled the dumpster and they came back and no one noticed!

“The suggestion that we have too much stuff comes to mind and I’m about to do it again.”

Anton, who met his wife at a golf club in 2011 and ‘knew almost immediately he loved her’, also cheekily digged at his wife when asked if she shared his sense of love. elegant clothing.

He joked: “Yes, to some extent. She’s less, sort of, you know… Hannah’s a little more “country” than me, so she’s got a little more… what’s the expression? Functional. Oh, looks like Agent Provocateur meets Millets.

HOW DOES IVF WORK?

In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized 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 uterus, the pregnancy should continue as normal.

The intervention can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or from donors.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend 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 released in January 2018, and there are no guarantees of success.

The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are around 29%, with the chances of a successful cycle decreasing as they get older.

Around eight million babies are thought to have been born through IVF since the very first case, Britain’s 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 infertility (if known).

Young women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.

IVF is generally not recommended for women over 42, as the chances of a successful pregnancy are considered too low.

Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments resulting in a live birth was:

29% for women under 35

23% for women aged 35 to 37

15% for women aged 38 to 39

9% for women aged 40 to 42

3% for women aged 43 to 44

2% for women over 44

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