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Gretchen Rossi And Slade Smiley Give An Update On Their IVF Journey; Describes Their “Devastating” IVF Experience As An “Arduous Process”

Gretchen Rossi and longtime fiancé Slade Smiley open up about their IVF journey during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live. The former Real Housewives of Orange County star described the experience as an “arduous process,” which she and her fiance began four years ago.

“Sadly, we lost 14 embryos six hours before they were going to implant in me, so that was beyond devastating,” she recalled of that first round of IVF, according to PEOPLE. “Took about a year and a half for me to get through that and the depression.”

She added, “I don’t really know exactly what happened but it was very devastating. I think I was in bed for days crying. It was just really, really hard.”

Slade also shared his thoughts on their IVF journey, “It wasn’t even the term, ‘You lost them.’ It was that everything arrested. So basically, everything just died. It wasn’t like [they] thawed — it was a fresh transfer. She had just recently had the eggs withdrawn, so it was just basically growing at that point.”

Slade has undergone a reverse vasectomy in the hopes that they might get pregnant. “He went through that first major surgery, and we [had] six vials of his sperm. And then we went back and we did a [vasectomy] reversal  for us, to see if we can just try to get pregnant naturally,” Gretchen said. “And he did that. And we tried for 18 months and that didn’t work, sadly.”

Earlier this year Gretchen once again started IVF process, marking her third round in the years since she and Slade first started this journey. The former Bravo reality star revealed that she had surgery back in May. “I am bloated, I am tired, I am 10 lbs. overweight,” she shared. “You get a lot of cellulite. I have cellulite — on the back of my arms, on my stomach, on the back of my legs — that I’ve never had before. But you’re pumping yourself with a ton of hormones. And it’s just been a very arduous process.”

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