Celebrities aren’t like you and me, they are rich and they are famous. But they can share one thing with us mortals – infertility.
Mariah Carey, 42, and her husband, Nick Cannon, spoke about their struggles with infertility in an interview with Us Weekly in November 2010. In 2008, the Maruah suffered a devastating miscarriage shortly after getting married, and as a result began taking progesterone, a hormone often prescribed to boost fertility and/or to support or maintain pregnancy in women susceptible to miscarriage. She combined the progesterone with “once-a-day” acupuncture treatments “all over her body” designed to increase fertility. The combo worked wonders – the couple had twins in April 2011.
Celine Dion had twins, thanks to IVF, and has spoken openly about her six failed IVF procedures. Only a few decades ago IVF was considered weird science, now everyone is using it.
David and Courtney Cox-Arquette have had a well publicized battle with infertility. After several miscarriages due to immunity problems their baby girl, Coco was born thanks to IVF. Courtney said at the time “In vitro is a wonderful thing that people can do in this day and age, and I’m lucky enough to be able to afford it.”
Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-lee Furness struggled with conceiving a child. After several miscarriages and failed IVF, Jackman finally became a fatherwhen he went on to adopt their children.
Melanie Griffith and her husband, Antonio Banderas struggled with secondary infertility for years and had some unsuccessful infertility treatment. Reportedly, the emotional pain caused by the failed treatment is part of the reason for her alcohol addiction and why she entered rehab.
Helena Bonham Carter and her director husband Tim Burton struggled with infertility and went through Clomid, IVF, and several alternative treatments. before conceiving a baby girl naturally.
Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and his wife, Camille used a surrogate after her Irritable Bowel Syndrome prevented her from carrying to full term. And Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban also went down the surrogacy route with their biological baby born via a surrogate mother in Dec 2010.
Gordon Ramsey is one of the few celebrities to speak openly about male infertility when on his UK show the F Word he admitted to a low sperm count. Ramsay’s wife also had female fertility issues, specifically polycystic ovary syndrome. Their first three were IVF babies although their 4th was reportedly conceived naturally.
The author also struggled with infertility and wrote a blog about a man struggling with infertility. Now, thanks to IVF, he writes a new dad blog. He lives in London.