Celebrities openly discussing fertility issues

Rebel Wilson

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The Pitch Perfect star shared this personal message on her Instagram in May this year: “I got some bad news today and didn’t have anyone to share it with … but I guess I gotta tell someone. To all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesn’t make sense … but I hope there’s light about to shine through all the dark clouds.”

Sonia Kruger

Presenter Sonia gave birth to her daughter Maggie, now six, via IVF, and has vowed to be open about her journey: “When I went into that first round of IVF, I learnt that my chances of success were zero,” she told the Herald Sun. “The doctor telling me that was quite confronting. It took a little while to come to terms with what I was going to do next. I was surprised by that information because, like a lot of women, I’d seen high-profile women fall pregnant in their late 40s and thought, ‘Well, it’s possible.’ But I didn’t know the details until the doctors said, ‘Make no mistake; these women will have used egg donors.’ ”

Chrissy Teigen

Model Chrissy is mum to five-year-old daughter Luna and three-year-old son Miles, but it took many rounds of IVF. And after a tragic pregnancy loss last year, she wants to raise awareness and support for fertility issues. “For me what’s really important is to make sure that everybody has access to those ways and are able to make their dreams come true,” she told People magazine. “IVF isn’t an option for a lot of people and it needs to be. It shouldn’t be such an expensive endeavour for a woman trying to conceive a child.”

Courteney Cox

Friends star Courteney Cox suffered several miscarriages before undergoing IVF and welcoming her first child, Coco Arquette, now 17, with her former husband David Arquette. “I remember one time I just had a miscarriage and Rachel [Jennifer Aniston’s character in Friends] was giving birth,” Cox said in a 2004 interview with Dateline NBC. “It was like that same time. Oh my God, it was terrible having to be funny.”

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole suffered an ectopic pregnancy while she was married to Tom Cruise and the couple struggled to conceive, so they adopted their two children, Isabella, 28, and Connor, 26. In 2008, Nicole and now-husband Keith Urban, welcomed daughter Sunday Rose, now 13, but Nicole struggled to conceive again before using a surrogate for daughter Faith Margaret, now 10. “Anyone who’s been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying and struggling with fertility,” she said in an interview with 60 Minutes.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale September 26. To read more from Sunday Life, visit The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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