Tina Malone reveals that she will undergo IVF treatment with egg donation in Cyprus
She's made no secret of her desire to have a child with her husband Paul, despite her 50th birthday fast-approaching.
But Tina Malone has revealed that she will finally begin fertility treatment in January using the services of UKCFA and Cyprus IVF Centre as she prepares to celebrate her milestone birthday at the end of the month. Tina was last seen by Consultant Gynaeologist, Fertility Specialist Dr. Gazvani at a clinic appointment on Rodney Street, Liverpool around a year earlier. Tina will be initially prepared for egg donation here in the UK by Dr Gazvani and his team. She will then travel to Cyprus for the actual procedure to be carried out in Cyprus IVF Centre where Dr Tekin will take over her care.
During egg donation treatment young donor eggs are fertilised with the patient's partner's sperm and resulting embryos are placed in the patient's previously prepared womb.The Shameless actress lost 10 stone with the help of a gastric band two years ago, and is now hoping undergoing IVF will help her and her toyboy husband Paul, 30, achieve their dream of having a child of their own.
She said 'My daughter Dannielle is 31 and I’m chomping at the bit for grandchildren. I’m very family orientated.'
Despite the couple's 19-year age gap, Tina admitted she is happiest curled up on the sofa with Paul and their dogs, Bella and Bob.
And after quitting her role as outspoken Mimi Tutton in Channel 4 drama Shameless, the star explained she is looking forward to a quieter life from now on.
She added: 'It's been amazing, but I'd had enough. I’d like to have a patisserie and retire to the country.'
Earlier this year, the actress revealed she and personal trainer Paul were planning to undergo fertility treatment in the hope of becoming parents.
Chatting to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning back in January, Tina revealed: 'I start next month, so fingers crossed!'
She told Closer magazine: 'Everyone I know seems to know someone who’s had IVF and got pregnant at 47, 48, 49… so I’m hopeful. But if it doesn’t happen, then so be it.
'This is something I could never even have attempted five years ago because I was so obese – I was simply killing myself. In the end, the surgery has meant I didn’t keel over and die – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.'