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Broody Kathryn says she might consider having her eggs frozen


HATS OFF: Kathryn Thomas is off to Rwanda next year

HATS OFF: Kathryn Thomas is off to Rwanda next year

HATS OFF: Kathryn Thomas is off to Rwanda next year

KATHRYN Thomas's love life is red hot right now, but there is one thing the RTE beauty is considering putting on ice.

RTE 1 radio's rising star said she could follow the latest fertility trend and have her eggs frozen.

She says she is in love again with a mystery lover but the Voice of Ireland host is thinking about children a lot more, and says egg freezing is an issue that women in their 20s and 30s need to seriously consider.

"I would have to look into it a lot more, but I certainly would [consider it]. I think that, if it gives a woman an opportunity to live her life without worry and without the hand of nature on her shoulder, well then absolutely it is something to be considered," Kathryn told the Sunday Independent.

The presenter recently invited Dr Martine Millett-Johnston from the Kilkenny Fertility Clinic on to her programme to discuss the issue.

"It was an avenue that I didn't know anything about. But it was really interesting in what she had to say about educating women in their late 20s to have their fertility levels checked," explained Kathryn, who is a lynchpin of RTE's prime-time schedule.

"It is something that nobody talks about. I think it's very important that women know – and that moms know, for their own daughters too," she said.

"And if there is a family history of endometriosis or anything like that it's so important that you know about this. It gives you an opportunity to make decisions for a later date. Whether you do it or not."

In a previous interview with the Sunday Independent Life magazine, Kathryn discussed having babies but admitted: "I'm thinking about it more and that's new for me."

Although bemoaning the fact that a male TV presenter wouldn't have to give parenthood half the thought that she now must, she said she took heart from Holly Willoughby, host of The Voice on the BBC, who worked on prime-time television through both of her pregnancies.

"A lot of my friends have had babies in the last couple of years, and because of [my younger brother] Stephen, I don't have the fear of tiny babies," Kathryn said. "I'm not scared of them and, if I'm lucky enough to have my own, maybe I'll be like that."

Meanwhile, despite fronting two of RTE's top shows – The Voice of Ireland and Operation Transformation – TV's golden girl says she is relishing her role on the nation's airwaves.

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"I love radio. I have been part of the John Murray family for the last two-and-a-half years so to be taken in by Radio 1, and to have a contract with them for another year, is amazing," she said.

Kathryn will continue to front her own series, Music Passport: Where Music Meets the Road, that will take her to Rwanda, where she will explore the role of music during the genocide and the impact the mass killing had on the music industry there.

"We are heading out to Rwanda at the beginning of the year," she said.

"It's been a while since I have been to Africa, and to do something like that, that is not travel related but is something a little more serious, I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into that."

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