Amy Hart has revealed she is planning to undergo ‘solo’ IVF treatment next year in order to have a baby.
The Love Island star, 28, who is single and has never had a boyfriend, previously spoke out about freezing her eggs due to her family history of ‘early menopause’.
In a new interview on Sunday, Amy admitted that she is already planning to become a single mother as she is worried her fertility will decline as she gets older.
Single mum: Amy Hart has revealed she is planning to undergo ‘solo’ IVF treatment next year in order to have a baby as she is worried her fertility will decline as she gets older
Speaking to OK! magazine about the possibility of raising a baby on her own, Amy said: ‘I was actually talking about having solo IVF next year.
‘Lots of people say, “Why would you do that – a baby deserves a mum and a dad”.
‘But I’ve got so many friends that had children with their boyfriends, their fiancés, their husbands and have ended up single mums with dads who want nothing to do with the babies.’
Taking action: The Love Island star, 28, who is single and has never had a boyfriend, previously spoke out about freezing her eggs due to her family history of ‘early menopause’
Discussing her family medical history, she revealed that her mother, aunt and grandmother all went into menopause at 41 so it was a ‘no brainer’ for her to choose to have her eggs frozen.
Last month she revealed that she was initially sent into a ‘panic’ when her first two attempts at freezing her eggs failed but has now got five eggs in the freezer for 10 years.
The former air hostess was left devastated after spending £5,000 on two rounds of unsuccessful egg-freezing, with Amy left wondering if she should attempt IVF should her third attempt fail.
Fertility: Amy previously revealed she was sent into a ‘panic’ when her first two attempts at freezing her eggs failed but has now got five eggs in the freezer (pictured in February)
‘When my first two attempts failed, it sent me into a panic about whether to do IVF and have a baby immediately, because the freezing was not working. I felt uncertain about what was going to happen if I went for the third round and it didn’t work.’
The influencer admitted that one of the key factors in her decision was because she didn’t want to ‘miss out’ on having children when the ‘right person’ does eventually come along.
Woes: Amy was famously left heartbroken when she was dumped by ‘half boyfriend’ Curtis Pritchard on Love Island, as he moved on to Maura Higgins (pictured in the villa in 2019)
The singleton said that although she’s in ‘no rush’ for a romance, her frozen eggs means that she’ll have have the option of starting a family when Mr Right does eventually come along.
She explained: ‘I would love to meet someone but I am in no rush. I have never had a relationship and there is no boy currently on the horizon. But if and when I do meet someone, I would never want to be in the position where I missed out on having children because I didn’t meet the right person in time.’
Amy was famously left heartbroken when she was dumped by ‘half boyfriend’ Curtis Pritchard on the 2019 series of Love Island, with the dancer going on to romance Maura Higgins.
She also attempted to find love on Celebs Go Dating, but sadly Amy’s hunt for ‘the one’ continues.
Decision: Amy admitted that one of the key factors in her decision was because she didn’t want to ‘miss out’ on having children when the ‘right person’ does eventually come along
Discussing her love life, the stunner admitted she’s ‘always been single’ and so doesn’t ‘know any different’, but added she sees the positive in this as she has a ‘nice life’ surrounded by loved ones and is free to do what she wants at any time.
What is egg freezing?
Freezing allows women to store their eggs at a young age so they can be used in IVF when they want a family.
This gives them a greater chance of conceiving as the quality of the eggs they produce as they get older deteriorates.
But so far fewer than a fifth have a baby after using their frozen eggs, according to the fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
It has an average UK cost of £8,000.
And while she’s fine with being single for now, her desire for children is always at the forefront of her mind as she went on to says she ‘so maternal’ and has long dreamt of having kids, insisting that she didn’t want her low egg count to ‘get in the way’ of her dream.
Going through her gruelling treatment, Amy ensured she kept her fitness levels up in the month before and ditched alcohol and fizzy drinks.
She also had two weeks of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries in a bid to produce multiple eggs, with Amy admitting that though her third attempt was successful, she didn’t realise the process would be so hard and noted it was ‘a lot to go through.’
Despite suffering side effects such as headaches and nausea, Amy insisted it was ‘all worth it’ after doctors managed to collect five eggs which were big enough to freeze immediately.
The TV personality then went on to add that she feels it is now her ‘responsibility’ to educate people and dispel the stigma of fertility treatment using the platform she has.
The star also shared a throwback video of where she was heavily sedated in hospital amid her journey as she likened it to an ‘all-day bender’.
Wearing a patient gown and a pulse oximeter on her finger in the clip, the drowsy reality star said: ‘I feel like I’ve been out on an all-day bender at Drag Queen Sundays and I’m at the end of the night where you can’t really see.’
Worry: The star also shared a throwback video (pictured) of where she was heavily sedated in hospital amid her egg freezing journey as she likened it to an ‘all-day bender’
Amy previously shared that she was relieved over the successful results after she was warned by doctors she was heading towards an ‘early menopause’ following a fertility MOT last year.
Speaking on Loose Women Amy said: ‘My mum and my nan and my auntie, all had their children by the time they were 25 and all went through the menopause in their early 40s, so 41, 42.
‘I went for a fertility MOT and all the results showed that I’m heading for that same sort of timeline. My eggs now are a better quality than they will be in a year, two years, three years.
Early menopause, also known as premature ovarian failure, is a loss of the normal function of the ovaries before a woman turns 40. It affects around one in 1,000 women aged 15-to-29 and one in 100 aged 30-to-39.