Celebrities to feature in new ITVBe health series on IVF and periods

Female celebrities will feature in a new documentary series focusing on health on ITVBe, with IVF and periods being just two of the topics discussed

The programme will be entitled Celebrity Health Stories and will be fronted by actress Jacqueline Jossa, boxer Nicola Adams, singer Hannah Spearritt and reality television star Tanya Bardsley and will be aired later this year.

The four factual specials will uncover topics close to the hearts of ITV’s most-loved female personalities, including actor Jacqueline Jossa, British Olympic Boxer Nicola Adams, singer and actress Hannah Spearritt and original the Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley.

Each, in turn, emotional, poignant, and personal, the documentaries will aim to shed light on serious topics women face in today’s society, hoping to find answers and raise awareness in the process. Each hour-long episode will focus on a different topic, from fertility issues such as IVF to devastating symptoms following cosmetic surgery to the everyday reality of living with an ADHD diagnosis.

Jac Jossa: Me and Periods

After sharing her excruciating painful period experiences with her 3.2 million Instagram followers, actress Jacqueline Jossa is on a personal journey to investigate the condition of painful periods with medical experts as well as start a fresh conversation about periods.

As well as her own personal medical journey, we will see how her periods impact Jacqueline’s family, working life and general wellbeing. We will follow Jacqueline as she meets influencers that are on a mission to educate people about periods in a new way and discovers the effects that period stigma has on us all.

In a candid, yet upbeat, personally authored piece from ITV Studios Daytime, Jacqueline’s determined to play a role in ending the taboo nature of periods, to blow the lid off the ‘shush’ attitudes to ‘being on’ and persuade people to start talking about periods.

Nicola Adams: Me and IVF

This emotional, highly personal film from Rare TV and The Gold Studios, follows British Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and her partner, model Ella Baig as they go through IVF treatment and pregnancy.

The narrative spine of the programme focuses on their journey from IVF to motherhood with key personal moments captured along the way. Following them from their very first scans right up until the birth of their child, the film captures the most intimate moments of the couple’s journey.

As they go through the emotional process they meet other people in similar circumstances and explore the hidden difficulties of IVF treatment, including their own previous harrowing experiences, the prejudice, and difficulties faced by same-sex couples wanting to conceive via IVF and the issues around being a mixed-race couple undergoing treatment.

Refreshingly honest and open, Nicola and Ella’s journey to make sense of their experience will help to demystify this complicated process, as well as give a glimpse into the glamorous lives of this hard-working celebrity couple.

Amanda Stavri, ITV’s commissioning editor of Reality TV said: “At ITV we’re committed to depicting real-life stories for our viewers, in an authentic and truthful way- tackling important issues, myth-busting, and providing important insight to create and instill change.

“These four equally brilliant documentaries would not have been possible without Jacqueline, Nicola and Ella, Hannah, and Tanya’s support and bravery, and so we’d like to pass on our thanks to them for sharing their personal experiences to help raise awareness and bring these real-life issues to light.”

In other episodes, Hannah Spearmitt will discuss breast augmentation and Tanya Bardsley will discuss ADHD.

The shows will be aired later in 2022.

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