'Fuller House' Tackles Infertility in the New Season
Stephanie Tanner has come a long way since "how rude!" And we are loving her character's new, important story line.
According to the CDC, 12 percent of U.S. women ages 15 to 44 struggle with some type of infertility. That's why it's so awesome that Fuller House is taking on an issue that clearly affects so many couples.
You may recall that Stephanie, played by Jodie Sweetin, shared she was unable to get pregnant in season 1 of the Full House reboot. That Stephanie is old enough to want children is obviously a head-scratcher if you're my age (don't tell me if you are too young to have watched the original show!). But, here we are.
As Romper reports, on season 3, the show really dives into Stephanie's infertility, namely that she has viable eggs, and may look to use a surrogate and IVF to conceive. A lot of personal info for a show made famous by Uncle Joey's "cut it out" tag line, but I applaud them.
A modern show that wants people to feel invested in their characters should tackle real issues that viewers are grappling with in their own lives. And what could be more emotional, and therefore relatable, than wanting to have a baby, no matter the means?
Of course, as anyone who has considered IVF well knows, it is far from an easy process. And putting aside the physical and emotional endurance this process will require, it is out of reach for many couples due to the expense. A single cycle of IVF is likely to cost between $12,000 - $15,000.
On the show, Stephanie grapples with whether she can spend this kind of money. Amazingly, and predictably, her family is there to support her in every way possible, including financially.
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Now it's up to Stephanie to decide if she wants to have a baby with her new beau, Jimmy, or use a sperm donor. You'll have to watch the show to find out how it all plays out, but bottom line is this: Fuller House is seriously winning for going beyond the laugh track and delving into a serious topic like infertility. I'm hoping that if we start to see TV characters dealing with issues like having to turn to IVF to have a baby, it will feel less taboo for us "normal" women, and we can start being more open and honest with our journeys to baby.
What is your take?