Anton Du Beke talks 'gruelling' IVF process he and wife went through to have twins
Anton Du Beke has opened up about the "gruelling" IVF process he and his wife went through before the birth of their twins.
The couple are parents to three-year-old twins George and Henrietta and the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professional was discussing the fertility journey his wife Hannah endured to get pregnant.
He told ITV's ‘Loose Women’ she was diagnosed with endometriosis in her early 20s.
“Endometriosis is a massive thing for ladies. From a man, you look on and it's one of those things where you go 'I don't understand',” Du Beke, 53, revealed.
“For a woman, it affects the quality of your life to a degree because it sort of comes in three parts.
Anton Du Beke has opened up about the "gruelling" IVF process he and his wife went through to have their twins. [Photo: Getty]
“First, there's the excruciating pain, second there's the swelling. It sometimes makes you look like you're pregnant, which is quite a perverse thing because people come up to you and say 'congratulations' and you're like 'actually, no'.
“And it stops you, in many cases, from becoming pregnant.
“As a man, there's nothing you can do. All I can do is support, empathise and do whatever I can do.”
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Du Beke said IVF was their “only option” to have children.
“We went to the clinic and discussed it,” he said.
“And we made the decision, 'this is what we're going to do', and we were absolutely determined. You go along and, of course, the process is remarkable.
The dance professional went on to say he is “in awe” of his wife and women like her who go through the IVF process.
Detailing the process of the treatment, he said: “The injections ... gruelling, intense, painful ... the bruising.
"I'm in awe of Hannah. You have to have injections, all the time ... in your stomach. They're not little, invisible needles, they're big old blunt things.
"I had to do it - ones in your behind. And I'm thinking 'please don't hurt her'. And of course it hurts. And it's so hard to do it.
“But of course you forego all that because the potential prize at the end of having babies and we were fortunate to have the twins.”
Anton Du Beke revealed he was "in awe" of his wife for going through the process [Photo: Getty]
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Du Beke added: “I'm in awe of Hannah. You have to have injections, all the time ... in your stomach. They're not little, invisible needles, they're big old blunt things.
“I had to do it - ones in your behind. And I'm thinking 'please don't hurt her'. And of course it hurts. And it's so hard to do it.
Discussing how it affected them as a couple, Du Beke said he believed it had brought them closer together because it’s a shared experience.
“I use the shared bit loosely as it's Hannah's and I'm there as much as I can.
“I felt like I gave myself up to Hannah ... that's such a ridiculous statement but I was like 'what do you want? - the best I can do is support you'.”
According to the NHS endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
The condition can often be difficult to be diagnosed because the symptoms can vary considerably, and many other conditions can cause similar symptoms.
The symptoms of endometriosis can vary, but some women may find it impacts their ability to get pregnant.
Surgery to remove endometriosis tissue can help improve your chances of getting pregnant
‘Loose Women’ is on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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