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Chris Hughes has candidly opened up on the three operations he had in a bid to save his fertility.
The Love Island star, 27, has a varicocele on his left testicle, which is a build up of veins and is thought to increase the chance of being infertile.
Chris, who has been romantically linked to Instagram model Mary Bedford, also has a hydrocele on his right testicle, which is a fluid sack within the scrotum.
Jesy Nelson’s ex underwent three operations over the space of two years to try and treat the varicocele.
On Monday morning he appeared in an interview on This Morning to discuss his upcoming documentary, Me, My Brother and Our Balls, and opened up about the procedures.
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As Holly Willoughby asked about Chris’ health issues, he explained: “It’s called a varicocele, I’ve got that on my left testicle and I’ve got a hydrocele on my right one.
“It was just quite a strong varicocele, it took three operations to deal with it. But, it’s like a build up of veins and it kind of takes a lot of oxygen from the testicle and it surrounds my left side and looks like if I was to have a hot bath where everything relaxes it looks a bit like a brain – just like a build up of veins, really.”
Chris continued: “They come from my kidney so I’ve had them all coiled, like metal coils around in the kidney – that was the most recent operation. And it just kills them off, essentially, because they can hamper your fertility and it is the main cause of male infertility as well, which we’ll find out within the documentary, too.”
When asked by hosts Holly and Phillip Schofield how he is, Chris said: “I’m OK, like I said it took three operations for the varicocele over the space of about two years, one started with chemo, which didn’t work.
“And then I had another operation where they kind of… I’ve got three scars on my hip where they tried to coil the kidney and then the third time they went more closer to the actual region and coiled them off there and, eventually, it took time to recover from.
“And I’ve got some positive news within the documentary with my fertility, which is a weird one because it’s not something to shout about because with everything that Ben’s going through but there was a little bit of positivity which is good.”
Chris had his testicles examined live on This Morning back in 2018, which sparked his brother Ben to check his own, who then found a lump which turned out to be cancerous.
Ben was able to have the testicle removed and is now cancer-free.
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Phillip, 58, and Holly, 39, quizzed Chris on how it felt to save his brother’s life by having the live examination.
He said: “It was just a weird one, I think we’ve alluded to it before, that he came into my room and like 3am and I was like: ‘Ben I can’t check now because I’m half asleep, nothing’s gonna change at three in the morning.’ But, yeah, it’s amazing. It didn’t click, it was quite overwhelming to begin with.
“I saw the press articles and I was thinking why is this such a story, because in my head I was doing it to raise awareness, which is what I wanted to do, but, obviously, I didn’t initially think that it was such a crazy story. But, yeah Ben is so close to me, he’s my brother and it saved his life.”
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV
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