ITV has a brand new women-focused series of non-fiction documentaries to air on ITVBe later this year.
And Web can reveal that actress Jacqueline Jossa, 29, boxer Nicola Adams, 39, Hannah Spearritt, 41, of SClub7, and The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley, 41, will be hosting the four specials.
Celebrity Health Stories will focus on a different topic every star cares about, with Jacqueline exploring painful periods, Nicola exploring fertility issues like IVF, Hannah exploring cosmetic surgery and Tanya delving into ADHD.
EXCLUSIVE: Jacqueline Jossa, 41, joins the stars leading new ITVBe documentary series Celebrity Health Stories, which focuses on women as it explores painful periods
Alternately emotional, poignant and personal, the documentaries aim to shed light on serious issues facing women in today’s society in the hope of finding answers and raising awareness in the process.
After sharing her excruciating experience of painful periods with her 3.2 million Instagram followers, soap star Jacqueline embarks on a personal journey to investigate the condition of painful periods with medical experts in Jac Jossa: Me & Periods.
Alongside her own personal medical journey, viewers will see how her period is affecting Jacqueline’s family, work life and overall well-being. Jacqueline is followed as she meets influencers who are on a mission to educate people about periods in a new way, and as she discovers the impact that period stigma is having on women.
In a candid but upbeat, personally penned article for ITV Studios Daytime, Jacqueline is determined to play a part in ending the period taboo, breaking down the “shhhh” attitude to being “on” and getting people talking about periods.
Focused on fertility: Nicola Adams: Me & IVF follows the boxer and her partner, model Ella Baig, through their IVF treatment and pregnancy to motherhood
Parenthood: The couple welcomed their baby boy – Taylor Nate Adams – in July after enduring four rounds of IVF to conceive
Nicola Adams: Me & IVF follows the boxer and her partner, model Ella Baig, 24, through their IVF treatment and pregnancy to motherhood.
The couple welcomed their baby boy – Taylor Nate Adams – in July, and the emotional film from Rare TV and The Gold Studios captures the most intimate personal moments along the way.
Taylor was born a month premature and weighed just 3 pounds 14 ounces after the couple endured four rounds of IVF to conceive.
As they go through the emotional process, they meet other people in similar circumstances and explore the hidden difficulties of IVF treatment.
The couple delves into their own harrowing past experiences, the prejudices and difficulties faced by same-sex couples who want to conceive through IVF, and the problems when treating an interracial couple.
Refreshingly honest and candid, Nicola and Ella’s journey to making sense of their experiences will help demystify this complicated process and provide a glimpse into their glamorous lives.
Just like his mother: Ella had a c-section to welcome little boy Taylor with Nicola
Cosmetic Surgery: Hannah Spearritt: Me & Breast Implants will see the singer and actress explore breast implant disease after her own breast augmentation surgery in 2013
Hannah Spearritt: Me & Breast Implants will see the singer and actress explore breast implant disease and ask important questions about breast augmentation surgery following her own 2013 breast augmentation surgery.
IS THE DISEASE OF A BREAST IMPLANT REAL?
Neither the NHS nor the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognize a single disease called breast implant disease.
However, they provide long lists of possible — and publicly known — side effects of breast implants.
Implants are not designed to last a lifetime, the FDA says, and the longer a woman has the implants in her body, the higher her risk of complications.
Complications occur in about one percent of all patients and can occur at any time after surgery.
In addition to changes in how the breast looks and feels, some possible side effects include pain, infection, swelling or irritation, swollen lymph nodes, a rash, or bruising.
Reported symptoms of BII include fatigue, chest pain, hair loss and headaches, chills, photosensitivity, chronic pain, anxiety, brain fog, trouble sleeping, and depression.
The NHS is urging all women experiencing side effects to contact the clinic where they had their implants placed and report this through an official yellow card scheme to add information on the safety of implants.
Source: FDA and NHS
Along with her partner Adam, Hannah attempts to find answers to a controversial issue still debated among medical professionals and not officially recognized by the NHS in this insightful documentary from Twenty Six 03.
The couple want to meet women who share Hannah’s experience and make a difference in how breast implant disease is treated in the UK.
Hannah previously revealed that a secret breast job in 2013 led to “the toughest and most traumatic four years.” [her] Life’
And the SClub7 singer eventually had her BC Cup procedure reversed in 2016 for causing a sharp decline in her mental and physical well-being.
Speaking about what she had secured on This Morning in 2018, Hannah previously revealed that she was initially pleased with the results of her implants: “After six months [my health] started to deteriorate. It started with fear and at the time I just put it down to circumstances.
“Then things like depression happened, things like ridiculous panic attacks – just a pile of unfolded laundry gave me a breakdown.
“I had hair loss, fatigue, memory loss. There was a list of symptoms that goes on and on.”
Hannah believed the textured silicone gel pouches or breast implants she had placed were the cause of her misery, so she sought medical advice.
“I’ve taken pretty much every test out there, everything came back negative, I’ve been told I was crazy, I’ve been put on a lot of medication.”
After speaking to a specialist in America who diagnosed her with breast implant disease, Hannah decided to have her implants removed and slowly recover.
By telling her own story and raising awareness in this new ITVBe documentary special, the pop star hopes to find out if women know the research on breast implant disease before they decide to have implants.
Living with ADHD: Tanya Bardsley: Me & ADHD will see Tanya speak openly about these issues and how her life has changed following her ADHD diagnosis at the age of 39
As fans of The Real Housewives of Cheshire know, Tanya Bardsley was diagnosed with ADHD 6 weeks before her 40th birthday.
Tanya suffered from feeling different from everyone else, but she was always told that it was due to anxiety and depression. She was so bad that she even considered taking her own life.
The reality star’s son was also recently diagnosed with ADHD, so not only is she coping with her own diagnosis, but she’s also learning to be a mom to a child with the condition.
In Tanya Bardsley: Me & ADHD, created by Monkey (part of Universal International Studios), Tanya will speak candidly about these issues and how her life has changed after being diagnosed with ADHD.
Bringing light into the darkness: Emotional, poignant and personal, the documentaries aim to shed light on serious issues facing women in today’s society
Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor of Reality TV at ITV, said: “At ITV we are committed to presenting real-life stories to our viewers in an authentic and truthful way – addressing important issues, busting myths and creating important insights and to provide change.
These four equally brilliant documentaries would not have been possible without the support and courage of Jacqueline, Nicola & Ella, Hannah and Tanya.
We want to express our gratitude to them for sharing their personal experiences to raise awareness and bring these real issues to light.’
ABOUT ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder defined by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
It affects about five percent of children in the US. About 3.6 percent of boys and 0.85 percent of girls suffer from it in the UK.
Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more apparent as a child grows. This can also include:
- Constant fidgeting
- Bad concentration
- Excessive movement or talking
- Act without thinking
- Little or no sense of danger
- careless mistake
- Difficulty organizing tasks
- Inability to listen or carry out instructions
Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of six and 12. Adults can also suffer from it, but there is less research on this.
The exact cause of ADHD is unclear, but it is thought to be due to genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.
Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are at greater risk.
ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s disease and epilepsy.
There is no cure.
A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make everyday life easier.
Source: NHS selection