Dieting ends baby hopes of Chantelle
Published 19/07/2011 | 05:00
'Big Brother' star Chantelle Houghton has been told that she has little chance of conceiving a baby naturally after years of extreme dieting.
Houghton (27), whose weight plummeted following her divorce from pop star husband Preston in 2007, used to make herself sick by eating food and drinking water.
The reality TV star, who dated 'Crimewatch' host Rav Wilding, said she had decided to speak out to raise awareness of her condition.
Houghton told 'Heat' magazine she went to a gynaecology and fertility clinic after getting pain in her left ovary. She said: "I was at home and had no idea they (the results) were going to arrive in the post.
"I opened it and saw numbers and a graph and there were all these words like 'low' and 'diminished'."
Houghton, who went to see her doctor two days later, said: "He told me that I'd never be able to conceive naturally . . . that I had low fertility and that if I wanted to have a baby, I'd have to have IVF.
"He said that if I'd waited another three years, I would never be able to have children at all. I wouldn't have any eggs left."
She added: "There's always the chance I could miraculously fall pregnant naturally, but it's so remote."