Gemma Oaten from Emmerdale, 37, reveals she had a miscarriage – .

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Gemma Oaten from Emmerdale, 37, reveals she had a miscarriage – .


Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten took to Instagram on Tuesday to tell her followers about her miscarriage three years ago.

The TV star, 37, explained that her 13-year battle with anorexia led to fertility issues and that she considered freezing her eggs.

Tragically, she was told there wasn’t much to pick up – leading her to online admission, to help others who might be struggling with an eating disorder or issues with fertility.

Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten took to Instagram on Tuesday to tell followers about her miscarriage three years ago

Next to the brave video, she wrote, “I’ve wanted to share this video for a while now. But I never had the time or the courage, but now I realized it was worth my time and I found my strength.

“As far as I can remember I’ve always been told ‘you’re so good with Gem kids, you’re a mom before you are a mom. Then the anorexia set in and the conversation was about if I continued like this I might not be able to have children.

‘I buried my head in the sand… That won’t happen to me. The last ten years however, being well away from the eating disorder, it has become more and more important in my mind.

‘This video is longer than what I normally post. Some say you shouldn’t make long videos because people lose interest. But then I realized that the people who need it will. It’s not about tastes and numbers, it’s real life.

The TV star, 37, explained that her 13-year battle with anorexia led to fertility issues and that she considered freezing her eggs.

“Three weeks ago, I went to a fertility clinic to consider the prospect of having children, of freezing my eggs… of facing my fears. Having miscarried three years ago, something I had never talked about until now, and also being 37-year-old single, it was time to be brave.

“So here I am with my heart exposed and my arms wide open, saying ‘here I am! And if it helps a person, it’s worth it.

“We don’t talk too much about eating disorders and their impact on the lives of people with the disease and their loved ones due to stigma. So many stigmas. We need to be open to create a change in the conversation.

Tragic: She was told there wasn't much to pick up - leading her to online admission, to help others who might be struggling with an eating disorder or problems with fertility

Tragic: She was told there wasn’t much to pick up – leading her to online admission, to help others who might be struggling with an eating disorder or problems with fertility

“One of the long-term effects of an eating disorder is on fertility. For men and women. It’s so important that people know the risks, understand better. Not to scare monger, but to be in the know. And if like me this is going to be a challenge, I am posting this so you know you are not alone.

“I am posting this for all those in the early stages of an eating disorder to implore them to reach out, to those who are free to never go this route, to those who have lost the chance to give birth.” , to feel hope, for those like me, who never dreamed that it would be a reality, to know, we have that.

“I’m posting this so that anyone who has had trouble conceiving will know, as I do now, that you can be a parent ANYTHING. We are here for you [sic].’

In the video, Gemma explained how eating disorders affect sex hormones, organs, and can interrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle.

She explained that she started her period when she was 10, but when she was 11 she stopped and didn’t come back until she was 13.

Open: She wrote a passionate caption alongside the video

Open: She wrote a passionate caption alongside the video

WHAT IS ANOREXIA?

Anorexia is an eating disorder and a mental health problem.

People who are diagnosed try to keep their weight as low as possible by eating little or too much exercise.

Both men and women can develop the disease, but it usually begins in the middle of the teenage years.

Those who suffer from anorexia may have a distorted body image, thinking they are fat when in fact they are severely underweight.

The causes of the condition are unknown, but people with the condition have low self-esteem, have a family history of eating disorders, or feel pressured by society or the workplace.

Long-term health complications can include muscle and bone problems, loss of sex drive, kidney or bowel problems, or a weakened immune system.

Treatment for anorexia may include cognitive behavioral therapy.

“Even when I was fighting for my life, I always thought that children would be in my future because I would make a hell of a good mother,” she said. “Please don’t be afraid or ashamed if you are having trouble conceiving and want to talk about your fertility. “

Gemma has a cyst and a mild form of endometriosis, she revealed, explaining that her doctor had informed her that she does not have as many follicles as a woman her age should. She should be at least 16 or 17 but only five.

She was also told that a 37-year-old woman should have around 16-20 eggs to freeze, but Gemma only had three during the consultation, meaning she would need around six sessions to collect enough eggs.

“My options for this and the news about it were pretty important to consider,” she said. I was like, damn it’s real, and I know it’s not a no, but I was basically told that if I don’t freeze my eggs now, my 30% chance of getting pregnant. would drop to 15 percent next year, drop to 10 percent the following year.

“And unless I had the money and the will and the mental strength and all that to do it now, I could envision a future without children.” “

Gemma is considering other options, such as foster care or adoption.

For advice on miscarriages, visit miscarriageassociation.org.uk; talk to an advisor about eating disorders, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or for the youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.

Tough: The Emmerdale star previously admitted she lost more than a decade of her life to the disease after being admitted to a psychiatric unit when she was just 11

Tough: The Emmerdale star previously admitted she lost more than a decade of her life to the disease after being admitted to a psychiatric unit when she was just 11

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