Comedian Tanya Hennessy has given a heartbreaking update on her years-long journey to have a baby, saying she’s in the ‘depth of infertility sadness’.

The TV and radio presenter has been candid about her struggle to become a mum over the past few years, and her latest updated is gut-wrenching. But it’s a refreshing insight into the world of infertility, which can often be lonely.

“It’s endometriosis awareness month and I am going through it,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I’m in a depth of infertility sadness. Because of endometriosis. We are on round 6 on IVF with almost nothing to show. It’s inexplicably painful, sad (and expensive). The thought of stopping is even harder than continuing. Cause if I stop I know the outcome.

“But the emotional, physical and psychological toll is really starting to effect me. I have rashes from the stress. I just don’t have much left in the tank to keep doing it. I said I wouldn’t talk about anymore.

“But it’s eating me alive, I’m so embarrassed because every time I hear about that IVF miracle or that natural conception before/after IVF. I think that could be me, but it never is. It never is.

“But man, I know I’m resilient for keep on, keeping on. But I just wish it was easier, I wish I could be a parent. I wish this didn’t take up so much space in my life. I wish I could have a win in this. I wish I could have our baby. I wish I didn’t have endometriosis.”

It’s not the first time the former I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contestant, who is engaged to Thomas Poole, has opened up about her desire to become a mum.

She took to social media in 2022, penning a heartfelt post about trying to conceive.

“Getting pregnant is a f***ing full time job and I am at my wits end,” she wrote at the time. “It hurts that my body won’t do what I want it to. Im bloody over it. Something that is seemingly so easy for so many, feels impossible for us. It’s infuriating.

“The endless calls and the blood tests and internals. Following up with GPs, specialists and surgeons. Feeling like you’re harassing them, cause you’re not 100% certain they know or care what’s going on with you. But you do. Desperately. You have to keep on them, cause they have so much going on.
I’m exhausted. Burnt out.”

March is Endometriosis Month, which aims to raise awareness of the disease, as well as funding for research.


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  • I understand what you’re going through and I feel for you. I too had endometriosis and had a few IVF sessions. Unfortunately it never happened for my. It made me feel like less of a good wife to my late husband. In the end they told me they wouldn’t do any more because it was never going to work. We ended up adopting 2 wonderful boys who I wouldn’t trade for the world. I wish you all the best.


  • I really feel for you & hope your dream comes true one day soon


  • An issue that too often is hidden and not spoken about. Well done Tanya for sharing!! We need more awareness, funding and research to help couples fulfil their dreams of becoming a family.


  • When I went through IVF it was so private and I felt so unsupported. I really hear you and feel for you. Only you know how much you can continue to put your body through. I truly wish you all the best.


  • After 12 years of IVF it’s nice to see people talking about the struggles. It’s a very lonely journey, more so when doing it as a single female and until recently it was not talked about at all. After 12 years, I’m blessed with a donor egg conceived son but now it’s like I’m not allowed to have a hard day being a single mum because I wanted this for 12 years! He is my world and my treasure but it doesn’t mean in the throws of extreme fatigue that I don’t get frustrated, sad and exhausted.


  • I really feel for Tanya and her partner and for anyone else who are going through this tough journey. Hoping for a happy outcome for them ????


  • My heart is actually breaking for her. I cant even imagine how hard this must be. I really hope that it’s all worth it and she gets to be a mother soon.


  • Wishing them all the best and hopefully soon something happens for them. It’s so tough and painful.


  • Aw bless ! it’s such a tough and hard road for those who struggle to conceive and yet yearn wholeheartedly. Thoughts & prayers for those who suffer in silence

    • It is indeed a hard road and so much love and support and understanding is needed.


  • That’s so sad. I really feel for her. Maybe she could adopt? There’s so many kids out there who need a family.

    • Yes that
      s certainly a good option. one of my friends decided to adopt after years of trying and is super happy with her child.


  • I hope your wish comes true. Its a tough journey mentally and physically.


  • It must be so hard for couples going through this. I feel for her and hope she ends up with a beautiful outcome.


  • It is a tough and exhausting journey and burn out can be quite real. Lots of support and self love is needed to stay strong.


  • Do hope Tanya gets the outcome she so rightly deserves.

    So often, it’s the great and good people who never become mums.

    However, as my daughter said to me, then I will be the best Auntie in the world – and she has lived up to that promise wholeheartedly – [ but I know she would have been a fantastic mum].


  • It’s great when celebrities raise awareness about issues many women don’t talk about. Wishing her all the best in her fertility journey.


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