Lisa Faulkner has opened up about a ‘horrific’ health battle and the effects that it has had on her everyday life.
The TV star, who is married to TV chef and Masterchef judge John Torode, opened up in a personal memoir about her struggle to fall pregnant and the lasting effect that it still has on her life.
Writing in an excerpt of her memoir Meant To Be: My Journey to Motherhood, the now mum-of-one revealed that her experience with fertility drugs had a ‘horrific’ effect on her body.
After three unsuccessful rounds of IVF and an ectopic pregnancy back in 2008 when she was trying to have a baby with ex-husband Chris Coghill, Lisa and her then-husband adopted daughter Billie.
And now the TV star has opened up about her experience with well-known fertility drug Clomid, revealing that her bout with the aggressive drug has left lasting effects on her body.
‘Clomid is very interesting,’ Lisa wrote in her memoir, ‘it works for loads of people but it made me mental.
‘Within three days of taking it I turned into a different person,’ she detailed.
‘One minute I was crying, literally sobbing, on the bathroom floor, then I was high as a kite, then I was angry.
‘It felt like the worst PMT, but with no period pain… it was horrific, with no end in sight even though you only take if for a few days at a time’.
Lisa then revealed that, even though it has been years since she took the fertility drug, her hormones are still affected by her time using it.
‘I never quite got back on track after that,’ she revealed. ‘Ever since, I’ve always felt very hormonal, and been very aware of my cycle as it happens.
‘I'm an actress, I'm an emotional person,’ she admitted, ‘but I did definitely notice that after taking the Clomid I stayed like that for a long time, experiencing very big highs and big lows’.
After divorcing ex-husband Chris back in 2011, Lisa went on to tie the knot with TV chef John Torode just last year.
The pair now present their own TV show together, John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen, which is aired every Sunday morning.
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