5 Famous Women Who Battled the Top 5 Causes of Female Infertility

Infertility issues are a common but silent struggle for many couples. Studies have shown that up to 15% of couples experience some level of infertility (Chimbatata & Malimba, 2016). Although male infertility is an important part of any infertility discussion, in this article we wanted to focus on women have gone through this struggle who have come out the other side.

Disclaimer as we do not have access to these women’s medical files, we cannot definitively say these are the medial conditions that these celebrities experienced. This article is meant as an inspiration to other women who are experiencing infertility and as an education tool.

What Is Infertility?

Primary clinical diagnoses in infertile couples. (From Collins JA: Unexplained infertility. In: Keye WE, Chang RJ, Rebar RW, Soules MR, editors: Infertility: evaluation and treatment. Philadelphia, 1995, WB Saunders, p 250)

Infertility is a condition where a person has difficulty getting pregnant and having a baby (Barbieri, 2019). It’s important to note that infertility is different from sterility because it’s not always permanent and can sometimes be treated (Barbieri, 2019).

According to doctors, infertility is typically diagnosed when a couple has been trying to conceive for a year without success, even with regular sexual activity (Barbieri, 2019). It’s quite common, with around 13% of women and 10% of men experiencing infertility (Barbieri, 2019).

Among those dealing with infertility, more than half of women and men seek medical help to try to overcome it (Barbieri, 2019).

The Top 5 Causes Of Infertility: Explained

#1 Ovulation Issues

Officially known as ‘ovarian dysfunction’, this condition happens when the ovaries are not working properly. This can prevent pregnancies as the ovaries are responsible for producing and releasing eggs (ovulation) and hormones like estrogen and progesterone (Sudha, & Reddy, 2013).

Issues with ovulation have been found to be the most likely cause of infertility in women as studies have found it accounts for 27% of all infertility experiences (Sudha, & Reddy, 2013).

Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Clark Guthrie a journalist & attorney who acts as the main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today, has suffered from fertility issues related to her ovulation.

Savannah spoke about her experience with IVF saying that, “Charley was, like, the last egg out. He really was. And we’re so blessed. Going through what we did, it makes you realize that everything has to go just right to have a healthy baby. I really feel for so many women who are struggling and wishing and wondering, ‘When’s it gonna be my turn?’ I know. And I understand.”

#2 Pelvic Adhesions

When a woman has trouble getting pregnant, one possible cause is pelvic adhesions (Canis et al., 2018). Pelvic adhesions happen when scar tissue forms in the pelvis, sticking organs together. This scar tissue can be a result of infections, previous surgeries, or conditions like endometriosis (Canis et al., 2018).

Pelvic adhesions can affect fertility by blocking the fallopian tubes, which are the pathways for the sperm to meet the egg (Canis et al., 2018). They can also change the position of the reproductive organs, making it harder for the egg to be released and for the sperm to reach it. This can make it difficult for the egg to be fertilized and for pregnancy to occur (Canis et al., 2018).

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon opened up about her struggles with infertility in her autobiography, Extreme, Survivor.

The star tried to conceive after their third child, Jack, was born. “Sadly, it didn’t work. After I had Jack, I got a stomach infection, and I didn’t treat it, so the infection spread into my tubes and messed them up,” she wrote.

The IVF treatment process was too emotionally taxing for her to continue, but Osbourne found tremendous success in her career as a judge on the talent shows The X Factor and America’s Got Talent.

#3 Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium) grows outside the uterus, usually in the pelvic area (Symons et al., 2018). This tissue can attach to organs like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the lining of the pelvis (Symons et al., 2018).

It’s important to note that not all women with endometriosis will experience infertility (Symons et al., 2018). Some may conceive naturally, while others may require medical intervention. However, the condition does increase the risk of fertility challenges (Symons et al., 2018).

Emma Bunton

In her twenties, ‘baby spice’ of the Spice Girls received the news that she had endometriosis, a condition that could make it difficult for her to have children.

“It was a devastating blow. I knew I had the perfect partner and a strong desire to be a mother,” she shared with Stella magazine. “Though it seemed impossible, I refused to lose hope.”

After five years of navigating the challenges of endometriosis, Bunton defied the odds and became pregnant. Today, she and her husband, Jade Jones, are proud parents to two beautiful children.

#4 Unexplained

30% of couples who are unable to conceive are classified as having ‘unexplained infertility’ (Ray et al., 2012). Unexplained infertility in women refers to a situation where a woman experiences difficulty getting pregnant, but no clear cause for infertility can be identified through standard diagnostic tests and evaluations (Ray et al., 2012). Despite undergoing comprehensive medical examinations, including assessments of reproductive organs, hormone levels, and ovulation, no specific reason for infertility can be pinpointed (Ray et al., 2012).

Unexplained infertility can be frustrating for couples because they may have no obvious factors, such as hormonal imbalances, blocked fallopian tubes, or sperm-related issues, that could be causing the infertility (Ray et al., 2012). It is important to know that unexplained infertility does not mean that there are no underlying issues or challenges. It simply means that the cause has not been identified using current diagnostic methods.

Nicole Tabak & Infertility TikTok

Nicole is a journalist who shared her story of dealing with her unexplained infertility.

Nicole Tabak and her husband have been trying to have a baby for the past three years. In her grief and frustration after a wide variety of tests came back clean, she turned to ‘infertility TikTok’ for answers and support.

For Tabak and over 3 billion uses, TikTok’s infertility community helps deal with the “endless waiting game.”

#5 Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances can play a significant role in female infertility. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that regulate various functions, including the menstrual cycle and fertility. When these hormones are not in the right balance, it can make it difficult for to get pregnant.

Khloé Kardashian

During an interview with Redbook, the reality star opened up about her struggle with hormonal imbalances during her marriage to ex Lamar Odom, which prompted her to take proactive measures.

“I was taking hormone shots to stabilize them, and you have to take those shots consistently, and they have to be done by a doctor. You can do them yourself, but I couldn’t,” said Khloé. “And then after your cycle, you have to go to the doctor for ultrasounds and more testing. And if I’m in Miami and miss a treatment, I have to start all over again. It’s a commitment, and I don’t mind doing it, but the timing was just off.”

Since then Khloé’s had two children a daughter called, True Thompson, who was born in April 2018. Then, in August 2022, she welcomed her son, Tatum, via surrogate.

Top 5 Reasons To Consider Fertility Testing

Fertility testing can help you:

1. Find out the cause of infertility.

2. Identify abnormalities.

3. Find Your natural fertility window.

4. Choose the best assistive reproductive technology.

5. Reduce the risk of Complications.

Can Infertility Be Treated?

Yes! With advances in medical technology and treatment options, many couples are still able to conceive and start a family. From in vitro fertilization (IVF) to intrauterine insemination and other assisted reproductive technologies, there are so many options available to for struggling with infertility.

The journey to parenthood is different for everyone, it’s important to know that there is hope and support available for those who want to expand their family.

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