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'The couple said they have been trying to get pregnant for four years.
Their first attempt at IVF treatment ended in tragedy when 14 of their embryos failed before they were implanted.'Slade had a vasectomy over 15 years ago and so when we first started this journey we thought IVF is our best option,' said Rossi.
Pictured: Rossi breaking down on a RHOC reunion in 2015The couple even tried every quirky technique from eating frogs legs to acupuncture, trying to increase their chances of a pregnancy.
Rossi said after sex she would lift her legs up for 15 minutes, and Smiley quit wearing underwear to improve blood flow to his genitals After weeks of research, Rossi said friends recommended Beverly Hills physician Dr Mark Surrey, a leading expert in fertility, and the couple found he was a perfect fit.
'Bless his heart he's gone through two different surgeries for me,' said Rossi.
'Unfortunately we found out about a year later that did not work.
'But through that pain it forced me to address those things, take a deep look at our relationship and realize that no matter what the outcome is, he is the one that I want to be with.' Smiley added that he even offered to let her find someone who could give her a child.'I love and care for Gretchen so much that there were times when I said well maybe we need to end this,' he said.'I love you enough to let you go.
If I'm not the person who's able to give you a child, the one thing you so desire in this world, I'm willing to end this relationship and let you go find it elsewhere.
She added: 'There were definitely days where I questioned, should I be with somebody who I can't have a biological child with?The Real Housewives of Orange County alum said they have been trying for a child for four years, going through IVF and reversing Smiley's vasectomy.Now they have started a new round of IVF in a last ditch bid to have children 'The journey for me of not being able to get pregnant naturally was a very difficult one,' Rossi said.'It's similar to a death almost.'We went to IVF and sadly we lost 14 embryos during that process.That was a very emotionally, mentally, physically and financially draining journey that we went through.' Eighteen months later, Smiley gave his fiancee a birthday surprise by reversing his vasectomy, but after a year they have still had no joy.