Very dark time Anna Richardson’s ex-girlfriend Sue Perkins addresses fertility concerns

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Sue Perkins, 51, dated Anna Richardson, 50, for seven years until they split earlier this year over an alleged “disagreement” about adopting a child. The Great British Bake-Off star has revealed she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour, and didn’t realise she was suffering from the condition until she underwent a health screening as part of her show Supersizers. 

Now, Sue has reflected on her pituitary gland tumour diagnosis, which may have affected her ability to have children.

She told The Mirror: “I don’t know if I would have gone on to have children. But as soon as someone says you can’t have something, you want it more than anything.”

Sue regularly attends hospital check-ups to monitor the symptoms of her tumour.

“Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren’t too onerous.”  

The comedian told the newspaper: “I have been through a very, very dark time since the tumour started to make its presence felt. “

A benign brain tumour is a mass of non-cancerous cells that grow relatively slowly in the brain, according to The NHS. 

Sue’s tumour is on the pituitary gland in her brain, which is the gland responsible for releasing hormones into the bloodstream.  

The pituitary gland is located just behind the eyes and helps to control body functions including blood pressure, reproduction and growth. 

Pituitary tumours can be categorised in two ways – as tumours that make hormones and tumours which don’t.

Pituitary tumours that don’t make hormones are typically larger. They can press on the nearby optic nerve and therefore cause changes to your eyesight, according to Cancer Research UK.

They can also affect the levels of hormones in your body.

The tumours that do make hormones can cause a number of unusual symptoms.

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Symptoms include infertility, loss of sex drive, difficulty getting an erection, increased breast milk production in women, overgrowth of hands, feet and lower jaw, weight gain, weight loss, red and rounded face, high blood pressure, sweating and heart palpitations. 

Sue split from Anna earlier this year, after a “disagreement” over whether they should adopt children.

 The couple, who were together for seven years, are said to have gone their separate ways over their difference of opinion on adopting children, after the former discovered that she was “completely infertile” nearly 15 years ago.

Anna, who is hosting the BBC reboot’s of Changing Rooms, devastatingly found out in 2008 that she was unable to have children naturally.

The TV host, who presents the show Naked Attraction on Channel 4, previously told how she found out she was infertile while filming another series.

While presenting The Sex Education Show 13 years ago, the star told how she received a huge blow.

After initially thinking: “‘F*** it, I’m in my 30s, I’ve got tonnes of eggs, I’m fine,'” the star underwent fertility tests.

But she was soon told the upsetting news that she was “completely infertile”.

Speaking about her infertility, Anna told the Daily Mail: “I think because I’m 45 now I’m thinking long and hard about fostering and adopting. It would be nice to create a little unit.”

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