There was once a time when infertility and the struggles that come with it were kept as a private affair. However, with fertility treatment becoming more accessible than ever before and the stigma surrounding infertility fading, discussions have been louder than ever before! To prove that you’re not – and never will be – alone, let’s take a look at ten celebrities who have opened up about their journey with IVF and infertility.
Courteney Cox, most famously known for her role as Monica in Friends, has always been open about her struggles with infertility. During the time that the hit TV show was being filmed, she experienced several miscarriages without any information as to why. It was later discovered that she had a rare antibody in her blood that prevented full-term pregnancies.
With doctors recommendations on her side, Cox tried IVF twice before successfully giving birth to a healthy daughter.
Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have been outspoken about adoption for as long as we can remember. But, this doesn’t mean that they didn’t consider alternative options. In an interview with Good Housekeeping Magazine in 2013, the couple announced that they tried IVF twice while also looking to adopt. Although unsuccessful, Jackman’s story is a reminder of how much strength and resilience must go into solving fertility problems.
With her whole life recorded on camera, it was extremely refreshing to see Khloe Kardashian talk about her struggles with fertility on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami. At 28 years old, she announced that her uterine lining wasn’t thick enough to support a pregnancy.
Before lockdown put a halt on life as we know it, Khloe revealed that she was attempting a second round of IVF and would also be freezing her eggs. She is determined to bring a sibling into the world for her daughter, True!
Sarah Jessica Parker, like a lot of women struggling with fertility, experienced secondary infertility. This is a problem that occurs when you naturally give birth to one child, but struggle to conceive when trying again.
As she was 40 years old at the time, the risks involved with undertaking the IVF process were outlined to Parker. She opted for gestational surrogacy in 2009, which resulted in two healthy twin daughters.
Nicole Kidman has four children – two of which were adopted, one was birthed naturally, and the final was delivered through gestational surrogacy. Similarly to Sarah Jessica Parker, Kidman was made well aware of the risks involved with IVF over the age of 40. However, she is a shining example that not all hope should be lost. She used her own eggs for the process.
In 1999, Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise gave birth to their first daughter through IVF treatment. Although describing the process as “very emotional”, Thompson went on to say that “you pick yourself up, look around and see this unbelievably beautiful little baby you’ve got anyway.” She has since adopted a son.
In her book Down Came The Rain, Brooke Shields shared an honest insight into her journey with infertility and IVF. Although it took a handful of attempts, perseverance led to the birth of her healthy daughter in 2003. If you want to explore more about the highs and lows of fertility treatments, this book is well worth a read.
Celine Dion’s fertility journey is absolutely remarkable and one that everyone should know about. She has undergone many IVF cycles, resulting in three boys. Claiming that she was “95% positive and 5% doubting”, Dion provides a great example of how important it is to pick yourself back up and try again.
Chrissy Teigan is incredibly outspoken online, particularly about her struggles with infertility and miscarriages. She conceived both of her children through IVF. But, this wasn’t without struggle. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Teigan explained that “You realize there’s no right way to do it, or right way to react. I don’t know. There’s no right way to do IVF. You just have to keep hoping that it will happen.”
Elizabeth Banks has two sons that were born through gestational surrogate. This was due to the fact that embryos wouldn’t implant in her womb, making the chances of natural conception near impossible.
The great thing about Elizabeth Banks’ story is that she highlights the importance of community spirit. She claimed that reading stories about other couples’ experiences with IVF and surrogacy helped with her decision to go ahead with treatment.
We couldn’t agree more with Elizabeth Banks. IVF can open you up to a wonderful community of like-minded people, helping to remind you that you’re never alone. For more information on fertility treatments, get in touch with us today.