Adam Rickitt of Hollyoaks revealed that it was “scary” to tell his wife Katy Fawcett that he was infertile due to an autoimmune disease.
The actor, 43, suffers from ankylosing spondylitis (AS), which can lead to reduced fertility, and said he was worried about “denying” Good Morning Britain reporter Katy, 37, the chance to ‘have children.
Speaking on Loose Women Wednesday on Male Infertility, he discussed the couple’s difficult journey and how they’ve made the most of their life without children.
Honest: Adam Rickitt of Hollyoaks revealed it was ‘annoying’ to tell his wife Katy Fawcett he was infertile due to an autoimmune disease
Chronic spine disease is a long-term condition in which the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed.
The star said, “I always thought I was going to have fertility issues. I never imagined myself with children. I could never tell you why.
“When I was 22, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. It can affect male fertility. Katy is from North Yorkshire, a big family oriented family, so I said very really to her, “I don’t know what my fertility will be like. “
Gender: The actor, 43, suffers from ankylosing spondylitis (AS), which can lead to reduced fertility, and said he was worried about “denying” to Good Morning Britain reporter Katy, 37, the lucky to have children
He added, “When we got to the point of getting engaged, I said, ‘I’m going to get tested and see what the game plan is for moving forward. The doctor said, “You usually have a hundred million sperm in your ejaculation, you have three.
WHAT IS ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a long-term condition in which the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed.
AS tends to develop first in adolescents and young adults and is more common in women.
Symptoms of AS can vary, but usually involve:
Back pain and stiffness
Pain and swelling in other parts of the body – caused by inflammation of the joints (arthritis) and inflammation where a tendon joins a bone (enthesitis)
Extreme fatigue (fatigue)
In some people, the condition improves over time, but for others, it may slowly get worse.
Source : NHS
“I had zero fertility which was scary because saying to someone, ‘I’m not sure we’ll be able to have children’ was really nerve-racking…. I was afraid to deny him anything.
Katy turned to Adam and said, ‘You’re not… I didn’t flinch, I meant it from the bottom of my heart. I married Adam and everything that happened after is a bonus… I love him and what happens after, happens after.
Adam then revealed that they didn’t let the fact of not being able to have children have an impact on their lives.
He said: “There are parts of life that we will miss, but we are not naive. We tried to go through things that other people couldn’t… careers, I love to play, Katy loves presenting and journalism, we have a business together, we have the dogs so we don’t feel like we are missing to give our love to something else. ‘
Deciding not to take the IVF route, Katy said, “We could have tried the IVF route and it made us sit down, we knew it would be a difficult and unlikely process due to the position in which we were in, so we decided to use the other things we can do.
On their relationship being love at first sight, Adam said, “It was for me. I was doing charitable work for the RSPCA. It was a big launch for a campaign. Katy came to interview me, what should have been a 30 minute interview turned into five and a half hours and I literally called my mom that day and said, “I’m going to marry her” .
Katy then said, “The reason he said it was for me, not for her, is because he said to me pretty much right away, ‘I love you’ and s ‘is then presented to his mother within a week without telling me. I was slightly panicked and thought, ‘Is he just saying that? Is that the way he is?
Sweet: The couple got married just before Christmas in 2014, after two years of engagement
She added: “In three weeks it became pretty obvious to me that he really meant everything he said. The first time we met I remember thinking, “We’ve been here for an hour” and it had been five hours. I felt like the whole world had stopped.
Talk to OK! magazine about the disease for the first time last June, the star revealed he was diagnosed in 2011, right after meeting Katy, when a doctor told him he had a sperm count of only two, so that it should have a number of three million.
The couple tied the knot just before Christmas in 2014, after two years of engagement.
Candide: Talk to OK! magazine about the disease for the first time last June, the star revealed he was diagnosed in 2011, right after meeting Katy