From Mahhi Vij to Chrissy Teigen, celebrities who’ve opened up about their IVF struggles

Published on: 15 May 2022, 13:30 pm IST

From Mahhi Vij to Chrissy Teigen, several celebs across India and Hollywood have revealed their struggles with IVF.

Gurpreet Kaur
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Indian TV celebs Mahii Vij and Sambhavna Seth recently spoke on IVF. Image courtesy: Instagram | Mahii Vij and Sambhavna Seth

Becoming a parent is a blessing. However, sometimes couples are unable to bear a child due to certain body complications. And with an aim to solve the infertility issues, In vitro fertilization (IVF) has paved the way. For those caught unaware, IVF is a series of procedures that helps in fertility and assists with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are retrieved from ovaries and are then fertilized by sperm in a lab.

IVF is helpful if the female has blocked fallopian tubes or other fertility issues and the man has a minor problem in his sperm count or motility. A couple should go for IVF if they have been trying to conceive for at least two years and are unable to do so.

Not just that, a lot of celebrities in India and across the globe have tried to conceive via IVF. Albeit, it isn’t always an easy task as it takes a toll on you, both physically and mentally.

Here are some celebrities who have opened up about their IVF struggles:

Mahhi Vij

Mahhi recently revealed that she and her husband Jay Bhanushali had been trying to have a baby through IVF, and their daughter Tara was their last attempt. In fact, she was a premature baby and had to be put on a ventilator after being born. Mahhi told an entertainment portal, “I had tried IVF when I was 32 (in 2014) but it didn’t click. And then at a certain age a lot of doctors told me I should opt for surrogacy. But Jay wanted to enjoy those nine months… IVF is not an easy journey, emotionally you feel drained, your health, your mental health, goes for a toss.”

Payal Rohatgi

In one of the episodes of Kangana Ranaut-hosted reality show Lock Upp, Payal Rohatgi revealed that she is ‘infertile’ and said she and her partner Sangram Singh even tried IVF but failed. She said, “I can’t have kids. So, I have to be fit mentally and physically, concentrate on acting and go on with life. It’s okay to not get pregnant. 4-5 saal se hum log try kar rahe hai, nahi ho raha. I think Sangram has figured out that I can’t get pregnant. Maine IVF kiya but it was not successful.”

Also, read: IVF or IUI? What’s the right infertility treatment for you?

Sambhavna Seth

Actress-dancer Sambhavna Seth recently opened up about her failed IVF attempts on her YouTube channel. “IVF is one of the ways. Some people might know about it, some might not. We have tried it 4 times and failed,” she said, revealing how she was targeted by trolls for not being able to have a child.

“People taunted and age-shamed me for not being able to conceive even after being married for so many years. But they do not know the problems we face,” she added.

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Don’t lose heart over a failed IVF attempt. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Amrita Rao

Amrita Rao and her husband RJ Anmol are now proud parents of a son Veer. However, in a new video on their YoutTbe channel, the couple opened up about their struggle to have a baby through IVF, which went on for four years.

After losing a child via surrogacy, the couple tried IVF. The actress revealed, “Every time the nurse used to come to give me those hormonal shots I used to hate it. They were painless but I used to hate it. After that, I decided not to do IVF again.” Thankfully, in the end, it all worked out for them.

Amy Schumer

American stand-up comedian Amy Schumer, revealed in 2010, that she is undergoing IVF by sharing a bruised stomach via Instagram alongside the caption, “I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional.”

 

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She captioned the post as, “If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do.”

Chrissy Teigen

American model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen has been open about her infertility struggles for a long time. A year after her pregnancy loss, she revealed in February that she is trying in-vitro fertilization (IVF) once again.

“I wanted to let you guys know I’m (deep) in another IVF cycle to save as many eggos as I possibly can and hopefully make some strong, healthy embryos,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

Her kids, daughter Luna and son Miles, were also conceived via IVF.

Kourtney Kardashian

In a piece to camera, during a recent episode of the series The Kardashians, Kourtney gave an insight that she along, with her partner Travis Barker, want to have a baby, so they are having IVF. She called it, “Not the most amazing experience,” and talked about the complications and heartache she has experienced on their IVF journey.

Gurpreet Kaur Gurpreet Kaur

A lifestyle journalist with a perennial hunger for all nice things in life - from fashion to food and different cultures. When she is not writing in her favourite coffee spot, she spends her time socializing with people or exploring different cities.

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