Kerry Katona wants to ‘move house and get married’ before surrogacy

Kerry Katona’s surrogacy plans have gathered pace after she revealed she has started the embryo freezing process with fiancé Ryan Mahoney.

But the former Atomic Kitten star said their baby plans will remain on hold until they get married and move house first.

Speaking exclusively in her column, she told how she is due to meet with consultants to discuss the next steps after receiving good news about her fertility and while they wait for the results on Ryan’s sperm test.

She said: “I got my eggs tested and I’ve got eight spares, which is really good news. Ryan also did his sperm sample yesterday, so we’re waiting to get the results from that.

“The next stage will be a meeting with the consultants to find out what we do next! We don’t want it to all be happening right this second but we’re making sure we have our embryos so we do have the option to go down this route. We’d like to move house first and get married.”

Back in October Kerry revealed she's getting her eggs harvested so she can try for a sixth child with a surrogate.

She explained that she was to have a first child with Ryan – but has no desire to fall pregnant herself after she nearly died giving birth to her youngest Dylan-Jorge.

The procedure can see as many as 15 eggs harvested per cycle, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Once the eggs have been removed from the follicles within the ovaries, they are frozen for future use.

She added in her column: “I’ve started freezing my eggs. I wanted to make sure I had some available, as I’m 42 and I think the chances of getting pregnant go down to 20%. I’ve been with Ryan for five years now and I haven’t got pregnant naturally.

“I don’t want to carry any more children because I nearly died when I gave birth to DJ. But I don’t want to rob Ryan of being a dad with me. It’s what we both want.

“So, we’re deciding to go down the route of surrogacy. We’ve been thinking of this for a while but we’ve just been waiting for the right time to start. The kids know. I’m not getting any younger, so it’s a bit of a rush. We went to Pall Mall Medical, which offers fertility services.”

Egg freezing is not normally available on the NHS unless you are having medical treatment which could affect your fertility – for example cancer treatment.

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer or another condition of the womb often chose to freeze their eggs because treatment risks damaging the ovaries, which produce the eggs, permanently.

In order to retrieve eggs for freezing, a patient undergoes the same hormone-injection process as IVF.

The star is already mum to five children. She shares Molly Marie, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19, with ex Brian McFadden. Heidi Elizabeth, 15, and Maxwell Mark, 14, are from her marriage to Mark Croft. Her youngest Dylan-Jorge Rose Kay, eight, from her relationship with George Kay.

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