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EGG DONATION: One of Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secrets?

By on July 15, 2011

Really? A dirty little secret? You have got to be kidding me.

CNN just published an article titled:

 What the Yuck: Are Celebs More Fertile Than The Rest Of Us?

The article begins with a simple question:  “Are celebs more fertile than the rest of us? How come so many are able to have babies in their mid- and late 40s?”

And so the article goes on to say:

“You’ve stumbled onto one of Hollywood’s “Dirty Little Secrets”: donor eggs and in vitro fertilization (IVF). While being famous can get you far in life, it doesn’t extend the warranty on your ovaries. It just gives that A-lister greater access to cutting-edge fertility treatments and doctors that the rest of us may not know about or be able to afford.”

My reply to that is “Well no doh!”

We’ve only been talking about it for the past twenty plus years, and heck yes it’s expensive.  Uber expensive, and in most states not covered by insurance.

And while I get that it’s personal, it’s intimate and private – celebrities are doing the public a huge disservice all over the globe by making us think that fertility is bountiful after forty.

So the answer to the above question is no, celebrities are not more fertile than the rest of us and the reason many are able to have babies in their mid to late forties  is because they are using egg donation (GASP) to create or add to their families.  Are women having children naturally on their own after forty?  Yes, but is it easy? No.  Do they often need help?  Yes.

The scoop on fertility is pretty straight forward.  Fertility begins to decline at age 28-30.  By age 32 the real decline begins.  After age 35 hormone levels begin to show continued decline and by age 40 a real decline has occurred.  By age 45, 85-90% of all women attempting to have a child are doing it through egg donation.

And there is no shame in that.  Now if these celebrities (you know who you are) really wanted to help the women’s movement and participate in real public service, they would speak up and out about egg donation, be proud of themselves and their children and support third party reproduction. It would take the stigma and mystery out egg donation as well as make the entire process less scary for everyone else.

I say we need to do to egg donation what we have done for Breast Cancer Awareness – educate, empower, and support!

So come on you amazing movie stars, singers, and public figures who have used an egg donor to create your family, let’s hear your voice.  You are being called to help.

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    July 16, 2011

    I agree! I mean, really, women who are almost 50 years old having children. It’s pretty much certain they are using donor eggs. Which is wonderful! I do wish that those celebrities who are planning on telling their children would also speak publicly about it. That may not happen until the children are older though. Though IVF and DE can be very expensive, I know of shared cycle programs that are the same price as an IVF cycle with one’s own eggs. I think when celebrities are openly talking about it, it will become more known to the world, since many people out there still have never heard of it or think it’s science fiction.



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