Famous Celebrity Infertility and You
Infertility is anything but glamorous, but we would like to see our favorite Celebrities be more open about it.
Struggling with infertility is not exactly first-page news in Hollywood. On one hand, that is understandable. Fertility is a totally private matter, and no one’s business (least of all the paparazzi). On the other hand, considering the number of celebrities in their late thirties, and early forties having kids, you would think women had an infinite number of years to begin a family, and that is just not the case. “I have patients come in, and also reference actresses in magazines who’re having kids at older ages and wondering why that cannot be them,” says Kathleen M. Brennan, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the UCLA Fertility and Reproductive Health Center in Los Angeles USA. “What they do not know is what that lady, oftentimes a celebrity, may have had to go through in order to get pregnant. I think it can be sending an unrealistic expectation of a woman’s fertility potential.”
A few stars such as Nicole Kidman and Courteney Cox have gone on the record detailing their struggles, and successes (Kidman used a surrogate for her second child; Cox used IVF). Even Gwyneth Paltrow recently has discussed having had a miscarriage, and how difficult it was! Those stories are important because they maintain balance the false notion which fertility has no shelf life, and that it is easy to get pregnant and also carry a child to term in your thirties and forties. “The fact is that a woman’s fertility starts to decline in her thirties and being pregnant may become increasingly difficult as she ages,” Dr. Brennan says. Yes, technological advances are also making it possible for ladies to give birth later in life, but fertility treatment is pricey, both emotionally and financially one cycle of IVF may cost between 10,000 dollars and 20,000 dollars. Celebrities may afford multiple cycles of IVF, but most couples are priced out of that option.
“Sex education is the part of the curriculum in many schools, in an effort to assist prevent unintended pregnancy, but I do not think we’re teaching ladies about the inevitable decline in their fertility potential as they age,” says Dr. Brennan says. That is not to say that you would put your career on hold to have babies asap, but ladies “would at least take the time to consider their fertility.”