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A Channel 7 presenter has revealed the heartbreaking truth of IVF in a candid post to Instagram about her journey.
Channel 7 cricket presenter and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland posted a photo on social media showing breakouts on her skin before she explained the impact of IVF-induced hormones on her body.
"Between the twice daily injections, the fertility supps, DHEA (who knew women needed a little testosterone and I have barely any?!) and being put on/off the pill to create a cycle with my PCO, I feel like a mess," she wrote in her raw post.
"The mood swings, the breakouts, the forgetful brain, the joys.
"As I start a third round of egg collection in the coming days, I just wanted to give a shout-out to the underground army going through the same thing. Be kind to yourself."
People praised the presenter for sharing such a "real" post about her IVF struggles.
"Bloody hell, that sounds so hard. You must feel like you're on a f***ed rollercoaster daily," radio host Ash Pollard commented.
"You're an inspiration for all the women," another said.
"Love your bravery and honesty with your journey hun! You're beautiful in and out and in the future you will be blessed with a bundle of joy," a third added.
The SAS star has previously posted openly about her journey, sharing a photo of her crying in May after an unsuccessful round of IVF.
"Last year we found out the only real option to have a baby for me is IVF. As someone who went in just wanting to freeze embryos until the time was 'right', I've grappled with the confusing feelings of the loss of any 'normality' of this process..." she wrote.
"We found out that our first round of IVF resulted in nothing viable and the sense of failure is overwhelming.
"The toll on the mind and body, the injections, the cost ... but I’m so grateful for modern medicine – it will take a village to create this baby, let alone raise it.
"To everyone in a similar boat, I hear you, see you, feel you."
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