After revealing her hopes to become a mum earlier this year, Lisa Riley has been left heartbroken after discovering she may never conceive.
The Loose Women star recently managed to shed 12 stone by overhauling her lifestyle, and this total body transformation saw Lisa desperate to start a family with her boyfriend.
Unfortunately, following a year of undergoing secret fertility tests she has now been told by doctors that her eggs are so poor that it’s unlikely she’ll ever fall pregnant.
Speaking out about the bad news, Lisa told The Daily Mirror: “Finding out that I was unlikely to get pregnant was a blow. But I refuse to be defined by that.
“People think women need to have a child to complete themselves, but that just isn’t the case.”
After speaking at length with her partner, Lisa admitted she didn’t want to go through years of ‘stressful’ IVF treatment if it wasn’t going to come to anything.
“I feel that I have taken ownership of the situation now”, the 41-year-old said.
“I have seen other people go through years and years of IVF treatment and the stress and pressure that creates.
“I don’t want to do that. We have decided now that we aren’t going to go down that route, and now that we have made that decision I could not be happier.”
This comes after Lisa – whose musician boyfriend Al prefers to stay out of the limelight – opened up last month about wanting to be a parent.
She said at the time: “There are a lot of reasons why I want to have a baby: some to do with the fact I’ve saved myself by losing weight, but also that I’m in love for the first time in my life and he would like to have a baby if we can.
“I don’t just think about myself any more. If we were to have a child, that would be wonderful.”
But after an ’emotionally draining’ few months, Lisa insists she won’t ever feel like she’s ‘lacking anything’ because she hasn’t had a child.
“I want to concentrate on living my best life and not be a slave to what society thinks I should be”, the telly star said.
“I don’t want people to look at me like an unfinished painting because I don’t have a child.
“Collectively as women we do need to stand strong on this.”