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6 Celebrities Who Struggled with Infertility

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If you think you’re the only one struggling with infertility, you’re not alone. More and more celebrities are choosing to come forward about their experiences with infertility. Different stars have opened up about having in vitro fertilization (IVF) and going through the process of surrogacy. Through miscarriages and failed IVF attempts, these celebrities endured everything to complete their families. Hopefully, their stories will inspire you to keep trying to achieve your goal of having a family.

Celebrities Who Went Through Infertility Treatments

Infertility is the inability to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected sex, and affects one in six couples in the United States. One of the most common and effective ways to treat infertility is through IVF, which is the process of extracting eggs from the mother and fertilizing those eggs with the sperm from the male partner in a lab. If any of the eggs are successfully fertilized, those can be placed back inside the uterus for implantation to achieve a successful pregnancy. Several of the celebrities listed below have endured the IVF process to achieve their dreams of having a family.

1. Khloe Kardashian

In 2013, at just 28 years old and still married to former NBA player Lamar Odom, the famous Kardashian sister opened up about her struggle with infertility. She revealed in an episode of her hit reality series, “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,” that her uterine lining was not thick enough to support a pregnancy. Despite some setbacks with infertility treatments and a divorce from her former husband, Khloe still has hopes to start a family in the future.

2. Chrissy Teigen

Before welcoming their beautiful daughter into the world, model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend struggled with infertility. After successfully conceiving through IVF treatment, Teigen was still open about her journey publicly, revealing that she and her husband had chosen the sex of their child before implantation. This brought to light certain misconceptions of IVF. The public believed Teigen and her husband had IVF specifically to have a girl, but that’s not the case.

It may seem controversial to anyone unfamiliar with IVF, but the option to choose the gender of your baby actually happens often in fertility clinics throughout the United States. Through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), gender selection becomes possible. After IVF, when the embryos are a couple days old, the parents-to-be can also have the embryos screened for genetic abnormalities by using PGD. It’s a common process, and both Teigen and Legend just followed the normal steps of the infertility treatment. They also have female and male embryos in storage for future children.

3. Elizabeth Banks

Known best for her role in “Pitch Perfect,” actress Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, needed assistance with becoming pregnant, as her embryos wouldn’t implant in her uterus. After hearing people’s personal stories about surrogacy, they decided to take the surrogacy route. Instead of focusing on missing out on the pregnancy, she decided to focus on a baby, making the decision much easier.

4. Courteney Cox

After several miscarriages, Cox found out through doctors that a rare antibody in her system was preventing her from reaching a full-term pregnancy. Being on a popular sitcom, “Friends,” and suffering from miscarriages was tough for Cox, but through two IVF procedures she successfully conceived her daughter.

5. Brooke Shields

In her book, Down Came the Rain, actress Brooke Shields shared her struggles with getting pregnant and her experience with postpartum depression. At age 36, Shields started her first IVF cycle, but unfortunately endured a miscarriage and several failed attempts thereafter. She tried one last time and was successful in becoming pregnant with her daughter. She even conceived again, without assistance, and gave birth to her second daughter in 2006.

6. Celine Dion

Celine Dion went through the IVF process seven times in order to give birth to her three children. Her eldest son was conceived through a single IVF cycle, but conceiving a second time, at age 42, was more difficult. The singer experienced a miscarriage and went through several fertility treatments, but every time an IVF cycle failed, she kept trying. In 2010, she welcomed two bundles of joy into the world, making the process worthwhile in the end.

IVF Procedures in New York

If you are struggling with infertility and would like to learn more about the process, we at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York, we can help. We offer the IVF procedure at our four locations in New York and a complete fertility program, including genetic testing. Contact us today to get started on creating your family.