Infertility, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of unprotected sexual intercourse.” Though infertility is a disease that can be reversed, it is not always an easy and successful process. It can happen to anyone, of any background, with any health issues and because of this fertility treatments include a variety of methods.
Infertility can be a touchy subject, but people like celebrities do not have the luxury of keeping their personal lives a secret. Many celebrities that have been affected by infertility use their voice to speak on the issue and bring light to the different alternatives to natural birth.
Here are six celebrity couples that have overcome infertility and gone on to have children through the use of In Vitro Fertilization (an embryo transfer process), surrogacy, and adoption.
Chrissy Teigan + John Legend: This couple went through many years of unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) proved to be very successful as Chrissy was able to hold the child and is due to give birth to their daughter within the next year.
Courtney Cox + David Arquette: After multiple miscarriages Courtney looked to IVF to aid her infertility and this eventually led to the birth of her daughter Coco.
Jaime King + Kyle Newman: Jaime went through 5 miscarriages before turning to IVF treatments, where she then faced more difficulties and 26 rounds of unsuccessful IVF treatments. Against all odds Jaime then gave birth to her son naturally.
Sarah Jessica Parker + Matthew Broderick: Sarah’s story is a bit different than the others. Having had one child naturally, Sarah then fell infertile and looked to a surrogate to hold her twins!
Giuliana Rancic + Bill Rancic: Giuliana and Bill tried for about a year and when she finally became pregnant she unfortunately had a miscarriage. Later realizing the miscarriage was due to the fact that she had cancer, the couple turned to surrogacy as well.
Deborra-Lee Furness + Hugh Jackman: While always planning on adopting children the Jackman’s also wanted biological children. After trying IVF treatments they realized it wasn’t going to work and looked to adoption. They now have two adopted children, Ava and Oscar.
Written by: Maren Burns