'Hard pill to swallow': Mel bravely shares the details of her 'brutal' fertility journey
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'Hard pill to swallow': Mel bravely shares the details of her 'brutal' fertility journey

We couldn't be more proud of Mel for speaking so honestly.

The Morning Rumble’s Mel opened up about her fertility journey on-air this week, and we couldn’t be more proud of her for speaking so honestly.

Mel began her chat by prefacing that she’s “never really spoken” about this, but later said she now feels comfortable with sharing her journey in hopes to make others who may be going through the same thing feel seen.

“I actually went through this process last year… I knew I had fertility issues, there was something going on in my family…” Mel began.

“So I went to go get checked out when I was 30, and things weren’t looking too good then. My egg count when I was 30 was about 6% - 8%, and I had sort of not really thought about it too much much longer.”

Mel explained that she’d been in relationships in the past and had opportunities to try and start a family, but she wasn’t ready at the time. Then years went by, Mel became single, and last year went to see if she could get her eggs frozen. 

“I went through that [process], and the specialist was like, ‘I’m so sorry, you’ve got a 1% - 2% egg count.”

Mel explained that with such a low egg count, it means the quantity of eggs just “wasn’t there,” and the quality of the small amount of eggs left, wasn’t there either. She was then advised it wasn’t really worth her emotional, financial and physical toll. 

“It was quite sad because when I got the news, my little sister was going into labour with her firstborn, and I was like ‘Oh my god.’”

Mel continued, “I’d spent so much of my years trying not to get pregnant and not worrying about it, and then when it comes to the point where you actually think about it and it’s taken away from you, that was quite a hard pill to swallow.

“I remember holding my nephew, going, ‘Oh, I’m never going to experience that. That’s quite brutal.’”

But over the last year, Mel said she’s “made peace” with the news, and is “super grateful” to be a hands-on Aunty to her nieces and nephews, and that’s helped her in her journey. 

“I really just feel for couples that are actually in a position like me, ya know, with a partner, and you’re really trying.”

Mel continued, “I knew that I had fertility issues in my twenties, so I knew something was going on but I kind of left it too late. It’s just that classic just go get yourself checked out if it’s in the back of your mind. Don’t delay.”

We couldn’t be more proud of Mel for opening up about this difficult topic. We already knew she was amazing, but this just proves it even more.