When Celebrities Reveal Infertility: Khloe Kardashian
I am not the world’s biggest fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I have never really fully understood the appeal of the show, or the claim to fame for any of the members of the family. But this crossed my desk today and I took notice. Last night’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was all about babies and fertility issues. Khloe Kardashian, seen here, married to Lamar Odom, visited a fertility clinic with her sister. Khloe and Lamar have had difficulty conceiving a child and have yet to receive an explanation for the infertility. Now, I am not privvy to how long they have been trying and I don’t need to know. But there were a few things that made me wonder here and gave me a cause to pause and read the whole article from US magazine about Khloe’s fertility concerns. Khloe is 28. Did you know that although many think fertility declines in the 30s and 40s it is actually at 28 when fertility begins to decline? This weekend’s episode will be continued next Sunday night. I wonder for my friends who are struggling and going through infertility issues and trying desperately to find money to pay for in-vitro fertilization (about $10,000 a cycle with medicines), does it help to have a celebrity talking about infertility? Does it increase awareness? Does it aggravate or detract from the real life struggles of people who cannot afford the lengthy interventions celebrities can? What do you think?
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Lisa Marie Fletcher
Interesting. Maybe by having a celebrity sharing all that’s involved in the stress and pain of infertility, and that steps involved to try and overcome it – it will make people more understanding and appreciative of the process. I just worry that a celebrity version would be somewhat unrealistic because with their finances they can afford treatments or programs the rest of the world can’t really. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, I didn’t know that it can decline at 28! That’s how old I currently am, but luckily we have our kids and are done. I feel so bad for women who hav to struggle with this, but think it’s great if celebrities talk about it…for the right reasons (sometimes I feel they talk about personal stuff just for ulterior motives to benefit their own career). But it’s great when they can raise awareness 🙂
I personally didn’t have to deal with infertility, but a very close friend of mine did. It 18mths (with meds) to get pregnant with her first…her 2nd however, was a complete surprise pregnancy with no interventions/planning at all
Kelly @ City Mom
I think, like any subject, having public attention brought to it the format of highlight a celeb, it can only do good for the topic at hand.
I too am not a fan of the show but I can sympathize with anyone going through those issues! Great post!
I empathize. I do wonder what people do to overcome the ‘financial’ burden. That is a lot of money!
I don’t think there is any harm in issues like this being brought to our attention by celebrities. I don’t watch this show and couldn’t pick out a Kardashian in a line up but if they are dealing with fertility issues I wish them the best.
It’s terrible when someone wants to have a baby and can’t.
I didn’t know it was so young. I didn’t start having my kids until I was 26, many of my friends didn’t start thinking about families until they were in their 30’s… career first, house, stable thing. I went and saw Timothy Green last night and cried my eyes out, I can’t imagine the pain of those who can’t have kids of their own, go through.
I think all discussions of infertility and alternative ways to become parents gets the dialogue open and possibly fights the myths and stigma around these issues. In fact, I also think that the Bill and Guiliana Rancic story has also been very positive for issues of IVF and infertility. Their honest and willingness to share their struggles will help other families.
Personally im not suffering from infertility, actually i already have two kids.. But one of cousins suffering from this thing. She’s so upset because she really wants to have a children ‘coz she wants to make her husband’s happy and to make her complete as a mom and wife.