Miranda Burns had been dating Tristan Hall for just six months when they were told in December 2019 that it would be "medically impossible" for them to get pregnant naturally.

Not a topic that couples in the early stages of a relationship usually have to confront and think about - and certainly something that would have been make-or-break for the pair.

Miranda was 25-years-old at the time, while Tristan was only 22.

The devastating diagnosis came after Miranda learned she had endometriosis and discovered that the condition had caused damage to her fallopian tubes.

To make matters more complex, they then found out that Tristan has issues with his sperm’s morphology, which means they were a concerning shape.

Tristan and Miranda holding cuddly toys
Tristan (left) and fiancee Miranda are starting IVF

The couple, not yet 30, have since got engaged and are starting IVF and will be documenting the whole process in a new podcast called Test Tube Baby.

The brutally honest but charmingly funny podcast launches on Monday, March 1 and will detail the highs and lows of infertility.

Speaking about their journey, Miranda, a Capital FM presenter, told The Mirror: "I was diagnosed (via laparoscopy) with endometriosis in June 2018.

"Tristan and I met the following February (2019) and were an item by April. In October 2019 we learnt about my low egg reserve and by December it was confirmed that my tubes were blocked and Tristan's sperm was poorer quality when concerning shape.

"At 26, my ovarian egg reserve estimation is 4.7 when a woman my age typically, should be placing around 30.

The official image for the Test Tube Baby podcast, with Tristan, Miranda and a test tube
They're launching a new podcast called Test Tube Baby

"As you can imagine, this was a lot to take in and we were pretty devastated. Six months into the relationship we already knew that we wanted to stay together and have children, so hearing that the latter may not be possible was incredibly sad."

She continued to explain: "One in seven heterosexual couples in the UK will struggle with infertility. We just didn't expect to be that one.

"In a very cruel turn of fate, we actually miraculously became pregnant in May 2020 - this was meant to be our 'miracle baby' as we had been told getting pregnant naturally was 'impossible'.

"The pregnancy however ended in miscarriage at 18 weeks which broke both our hearts and took us back to where we started. Due to COVID, I was alone when I found out the news that our daughter wasn't going to make it, and Tristan had to be called whilst sitting in the car outside, which was very distressing."

Miranda added: "The podcast is a chance to raise awareness about these issues - I honestly feel so many younger people (including myself) take their fertility for granted, and I wish I'd known more, earlier.

"I felt so alone and like I was broken when I was told about my infertility. The last thing I want is for another girl to feel as isolated as I did so the podcast felt like the perfect way to raise awareness and help someone in the same situation."

Tristan, a podcast producer, also hopes the podcast will encourage more men to talk about fertility and issues with sperm.

He said: "Guys don’t talk about these things so when I found out, I was devastated and to be honest, pretty emasculated.

"I always took having kids for granted but clearly it’s not that simple."

Test Tube Baby will follow the couple's IVF journey and you can listen as it happens, with new episodes every Monday. Available on all major podcasting platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

You can also follow their journey on Instagram and TikTok at TestTubeBabyPod, miranda.burns and tristan.hall

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