Fern Britton almost 'couldn't manage any more' IVF before getting pregnant with twins

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Fern Britton says the birth of her twin sons by IVF was 'miraculous' but that she was ready to give up on the process.
Fern Britton says the birth of her twin sons by IVF was 'miraculous' but that she was ready to give up on the process.

This Morning and Loose Women legend Fern Britton says her twin boys were 'miraculous' and came at a time when she was ready to give up in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

The broadcaster and author, who was a presenter on This Morning between 1999 and 2009, told Kate Thornton about her journey to the birth of her twin boys born in 1994.

Britton was on her fourth round of IVF with her then-husband TV exec Clive Jones. Talking to Kate Thornton on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Britton described the process as 'tough, expensive and difficult'.

The 64-year-old said: "Having my twin boys was something miraculous, because they were IVF. It was my fourth go, and I was about to go: 'I can't manage any more'."

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She said she got good at doing her own injections as part of the process, at a time in the early 1990s when fertility treatment was still relatively new. Figures show that in 1991 there were around 6,700 IVF cycles in UK clinics, rising to more than 69,000 by 2019.

She added: "Anyone who's been through IVF knows that those drugs and the routine and the enormity of lifting your hopes and dashing yourself — it's extreme, to say the least.

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"And I got good at doing my own injections. Carrying my handbag constantly [full] with needles and things, with a letter from the doctor explaining what they all were. It's very tough. Expensive, tough and difficult. But I was so lucky to have the boys."

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She said then when the boys were around three she discovered by another 'miracle' she was pregnant again with her daughter Grace.

But she said her marriage with Jones ended and she had a 'tricky' time until meeting her second husband, chef Phil Vickery.

Phil Vickery and his wife Fern Britton arriving for the TV Quick and TV Choice awards at The Dorchester, London.   (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Phil Vickery and Fern Britton at the TV Quick and TV Choice awards. (PA Images via Getty Images)

She told Thornton: "Then unfortunately, my marriage broke up when [Grace] was five months, so that was a tricky one. I had a year of really digging deep.

"But then a year later, I met Phil. And we were married after a year, and then, the last chance saloon. I always say it's late night shopping just before the doors closed [her daughter] Winnie arrived.

"That was exciting. And then we had Winnie, and I was doing This Morning by then."

For support with fertility issues you can contact Fertility Network UK

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