While infertility affects at least 12 percent of all women up to the age of 44, studies suggest Black women may be almost twice as likely to experience infertility as Caucasian women. Yet only about 8 percent of Black women seek medical help to get pregnant, compared to 15 percent of Caucasian women. We’re thankful that these celebs have opened about their infertility struggles to help start the conversation. Sergio Oehninger, MD, PhD of Sher Fertility Institute New York in New York, NY shares the stories of these strong 5 women in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth
Gabrielle Union: Opening up about her 8 or 9 miscarriages, Gabrielle writes “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant –I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.” Watch her interview with Dr. Oz HERE.
Michelle Obama: In her recent book, “Becoming Michelle Obama”, Michelle opened about miscarriage, IVF and marriage counseling. “I felt lost and alone and felt like I failed. Because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were.” Watch the full interview with ABC News HERE.
Tia Mowry: “When you don’t know or see anyone else who looks like you talking about what you’re going through, you feel alone and suffer in silence.” Mowry opens up about her battle with endometriosis and fertility-related struggles in a Women’s Health Magazine article. Read it HERE.
Remy Ma: Rapper and wife of Papoose, Remy Ma became pregnant after IVF in July of 2018. She has been very vocal about her struggles with infertility. Listen to a full interview with BUILD Series HERE. To learn more about Remy Ma’s infertility journey, read this article from Women’s Health Mag.
Tyra Banks: Super Model and business tycoon Tyra Banks was one of the first celebrities to open up about her infertility struggles. Her constant reminder that “you are not alone” is refreshing. Watch her open up on TV show FABLife HERE.
If you are a Black woman who is struggling to get pregnant, there are many support groups you can join. Remember, you are not alone.
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