Celebrities Who Have Struggled with Infertility

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It’s easy to idolize celebrities: after all, most of them are breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly rich. But many struggles are universal no matter the zip code, including infertility. Many celebrity women have opened up about their problems conceiving. Check out their stories and learn how these inspiring women tackled their reproductive challenges.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks and her husband tried to get pregnant for years using a wide range of fertility treatments. For Banks, the embryos just wouldn’t implant. The couple now has two sons, via gestational surrogacy.

Courteney Cox

Much like her character on “Friends,” Courteney Cox has struggled with infertility. She has a rare antibody in her blood that attacks the fetus every time she got pregnant. Cox and then-husband David Arquette were finally able to successfully conceive through IVF treatments, and they welcomed baby daughter Coco into the world in 2004.

Emma Thompson

After successfully giving birth to a daughter, Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise struggled to conceive a second time. Thompson underwent IVF treatments and admitted to falling into a deep depression after several failed rounds. The couple adopted a son in 2003.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend attempted to conceive naturally for nine years before finally opting for IVF treatments. The couple welcomed their daughter, Luna Simone Stephens, into the world in 2016.

Amy Smart

Amy Smart introduced the world to her daughter, Flora, in a candid Instagram post, revealing that her baby was born via surrogate after years of fertility struggles.

Brooke Shields

After two years of miscarriages, hormone shots, and IVF, Brooke Shields successfully gave birth to her first child. Shields has been open about the emotional toll that fertility treatments can take on women and her own struggles with postpartum depression.

Gabrielle Union

Actress Gabrielle Union has recently opened up about her attempts to get pregnant in her memoir, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.” She admits that for the last three years she has either been about to go into an IVF cycle, recovering from an IVF cycle, or in the middle of an IVF cycle. Don’t give up, Gabrielle!

Angela Bassett

After seven years of fertility treatments, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” star Angela Bassett finally welcomed twin boys into the world with husband Courtney B. Vance in 2006.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Carrie Bradshaw may not have wanted children, but Sarah Jessica Parker certainly did. She and her husband Matthew Broderick had twins via surrogate in 2009.

Tyra Banks

Supermodel Tyra Banks admitted she’s always wanted kids, but never found the time because of her busy work schedule. At 41, Banks decided to go for it—but discovered it wasn’t so easy to conceive at that age. After unsuccessfully undergoing IVF treatments, Banks and her now ex-boyfriend had a son via surrogate in 2016.