Sue Perkins, one of the co-presenters of the Great British Bake Off, was told that the brain tumour that she’s lived with for eight years had made her infertile (unable to conceive a child). Sue said it made her feel like she’d been bereaved; that someone had died.
To make matters worse the doctor said that it wouldn’t mean so much to her, being told she’d be unable to have children, because she was a lesbian. Sue responded in an interview: “Does not a lesbian have a fallopian tube? Am I not human, and [am] I not somebody who could be a lovely, wonderful mother?”. Her interview in the Daily Mirror explains about her life with a brain tumour and how she feels about her infertility.
A lot of people think about how their lives will pan out and just presume that one day they will have children but infertility can affect anyone. The statistics are incredible.
Infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex.
Around one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK. For every 100 couples trying to conceive naturally: 84 will conceive within one year, 92 will conceive within two years and 93 will conceive within three years.