Celebs Reveal Their Own Fertility Troubles

About 10 percent of  women in the United States (ages 15 to 44) have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course celebs are part of that statistic, but all the hype over A-Lister baby bumps, not to mention the number of celebs who give birth over 40, makes it seem easy to get pregnant in Hollywood. Recently, five stars debunked that myth when they spoke out about their own fertility troubles. According to GirlsTalkinSmack.com, some of them tried in vitro fertilization (IVF), some struggled with miscarriages, and others finally adopted after years of struggling to conceive their own children. Brooke Shields, for instance, underwent seven rounds of IVF before she conceived her daughter Rowan, while it took six rounds of treatment for Celine Dion to become pregnant with her twins. “What starts out as a dream becomes a project that’s all consuming–everywhere you look, women are pregnant, and every song on the radio seems like it’s all about being pregnant!” Shields says. Marcia Cross resorted to IVF and donor eggs to conceive her twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, in her 40s. “It’s very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s,” she says. “It’s costly and tough on your body and your relationship.” Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborah ultimately adopted two children after they were unable to have biological children.

What do you think: Is it helpful for celebs to reveal their own infertility struggles, or do these stories have more of an impact if you know the person with the problem?

Photo: People.com

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  1. by Amy

    On January 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I am 23 and have fertility problems, hearing about celebs who have the same issues, helps me feel less like an alien. You always think celebs dont have to worry about things like that. I wish more people spoke out about their fertility problems and how they coped. Or to hear what methods they have tried and suceeded at or failed at.

  2. by Allison

    On January 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

    It is wonderful that celebrities are now speaking out about their struggles with fertility. When my husband and I were having difficulty getting pregnant, I certainly felt as though we were the only ones with this problem. Nobody speaks up about their difficulty in conceiving and it is an issue where people really need the love, support and understanding of others, in order to get through it. In fact, it wasn’t unitl our son was born that I learned my sister-in-law went through similar issues and procedures. She never talked about it before my son was born and I could have really used her wisdom during our fertility struggle. Amy, I certainly understand the anguish involved. I wasn’t 23, but I was still in my twenties. I was lucky and through 3 IUI attempts, I have two beautiful children (son (3), daughter (almost 2)). Best of luck to you.