In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here are the stories of 10 celebrities who, regardless of their status, have had trouble conceiving naturally. (Photos: WENN)
After a long battle with endometriosis, Halsey has decided to freeze her eggs. “I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option,” she said in an interview. “I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, about protecting myself.” (Photo: WENN)
Lena Dunham revealed that after a long battle with endometriosis, she had her uterus removed in a total hysterectomy, and can no longer carry a child. “Adoption is a thrilling truth I’ll pursue with all my might.” (Photo: WENN)
It took years of upsetting infertility and IVF treatments for Chrissy Teigen to have Luna and a baby boy on the way. “John and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened. But my gosh, it’s been a process.” (Photo: WENN)
Kim Kardashian admitted that the road to conceiving after giving birth to North was a bumpy one. “There are definitely times when I walked out [of the doctor’s office] hysterically crying.” (Photo: WENN)
Nicole Kidman has “had a roller coaster ride with fertility” over the course of her life. “Anyone that’s been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying and struggling with infertility.” (Photo: WENN)
Gabrielle Union wrote in her book about her many attempts to conceive with husband Dwayne Wade. “I have had eight or nine miscarriages,” she said. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant.” (Photo: WENN)
Sarah Jessica Parker admitted she felt “disappointed” that she could carry her twins, who were conceived via surrogate. “Yeah, I mean, I couldn’t pretend otherwise […] It would be off to have made this choice if I was able to have successful pregnancies.” (Photo: WENN)
After years of putting off having kids, Tyra Banks discovered conceiving was tougher than expected for her. “I’ve had some not happy moments with [IVF], very traumatic moments,” she said. “It’s difficult as you get older. It’s not something that can just happen.” (Photo: WENN)
Courteney Cox suffered from “quite a few” miscarriages before conceiving her now 13-year-old daughter Coco through IVF. “I get pregnant pretty easily but I have a hard time keeping them,” she said. “But what are you going to do? We just try again.” (Photo: WENN)
Elizabeth Banks opened up about her fertility struggles after the birth of his son in 2011. “The one true hurdle I’ve face in life is that I have a broken belly.” She later said in an interview: “It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant.” (Photo: WENN)
Anyone can be challenged to have a family. Infertility doesn’t discriminate—no matter what race, religion, sexuality or economic status you are. And celebrities are no exception.
Halsey became the latest star to share the details of her ongoing, frustrating battle with endometriosis, revealing that at 23
, she has made the decision to freeze her eggs as a measure to to “[protect] her fertility.”
But, just like Halsey, becoming a mom hasn’t been an easy road for these stars. However, as painful and disappointing as their path to parenthood has been, these celebrities continue to speak out in an effort to raise consciousness about the struggles of infertility and fight against the stigmas about artificial pregnancies.
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here are the stories of 10 celebrities who, regardless of their status, have had trouble conceiving naturally.