Infertility is a disease. In the United States, one in eight couples have trouble either conceiving or carrying a baby to full term. Around the globe, the World Health Organization gleaned their own statistics reporting that more than 48 million couples are faced with infertility and are unable to build a family.
The definition of infertility is twofold. Infertility is a term used for those unable to become pregnant after 12 months of trying to conceive and/or had their first child but are unsuccessful in having a second child.
For decades, the topic of infertility and the heartache it brings has been laden with silence. A topic rarely publicly discussed has now transformed to a platform of awareness with the help of celebrities.
In a recent article published in the Huffington Post, reporter Anna Almendrala highlights 12 celebrities who have stepped into the limelight not about a career update but rather their personal anguish of infertility that they chose to make public.
Many have applauded their courage. Their candid stories have helped numerous people come together in solidarity who are fighting that same fight.
Almendrala writes, “But stars who have chosen to come forward about their experiences with in vitro fertilization and gestational surrogacy are playing an enormous role in helping to destigmatize infertility….”
The Huffington Post piece is excellent in educating readers about infertility as well as sharing the personal stories of the celebrities touched by it. Some of the celebrities it mentions include Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Jackman, Brooke Shields, Chrissy Teigen, Khloe Kardashian, Elizabeth Banks, Nicole Kidman, Giuliana Rancic, Nia Vardalos and Courtney Cox.
Each of their stories depicts their struggles enabling those also battling infertility to not feel so isolated. For some, infertility treatments did work while for others it did not.
Adoption was the pathway for Hugh Jackman and Nia Vardalos.
For those who have faced infertility with unsuccessful treatment attempts, they realized that the resources were there to achieve parenthood dreams. It may not have been the way they originally thought – but they could still experience the love of a child.