Stars Who Have Struggled with Infertility

Meet the A-listers who've chosen to go public with their very private battle.

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Nicole Kidman

The 43 year-old actress recently opened up to Australia’s 60 Minutes about her fertility woes. Kidman, who had daughter Sunday Rose biologically with husband Keith Urband struggled when trying to conceive for the second time. “"Anyone who'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," Kidman said. "We were in a place of desperately wanting another child. I couldn't get pregnant."  Kidman eventually chose surrogacy and welcomed daughter Faith last winter.

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Mariah Carey

After suffering a miscarriage in 2008 Carey sought an unconventional therapy for her fertility issues: acupuncture.  (The Grammy winning songstress had treatments once a day.) When the couple found out they'd succeeded, hubby Nick Cannon told Us Weekly, “We definitely cried. It was an emotional journey." Now, Carey and Cannon are the proud parents of twins Monroe and Morrocan. (Who just made their television debut on 20/20 with Barbara Walters!)

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Giuliana Rancic

The E! News host has been increasingly public with her struggles. (Most of her journey has been documented on her reality show with husband Bill Rancic, Giuliana & Bill).  Rancic became pregnant once through IVF, but miscarried. This is one reality show couple we're rooting for.

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Celine Dion

“I’ve always been an open book,” the singer told Good Morning America of her struggles to conceive a second child. “For me to share this is about also bonding with other women that are going through the same thing.”  (Since then, Dion had twins Eddy and Nelson with the help of in vitro.)

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Courtney Cox

The Friends actress admitted to IVF treatments before having daughter Coco. "I can't imagine life without having a child, I don't even remember what life was like four years ago. Coco is everything to me. I had problems getting pregnant, we did IVF and it was tough."

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Marcia Cross

Cross was mum on whether or not she used in vitro to help conceive twins Eden and Savannah, but in 2008, the star opened up to Health magazine about going through the process, even while still single. “I had already been through infertility treatments. It’s very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s. It’s costly and tough on your body and your relationship.”

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Brooke Shields

The actress weathered seven IVF treatments with husband Chris Henchy while trying for a second child. The happy result? Their daughter, Rowen.

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Christie Brinkley

Brinkley had her first two children with ease, but when it came to trying for a third (with ex-husband Peter Cook) the former model went through IVF treatments and suffered three miscarriages before giving birth to daughter Sailor Lee.

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Barbara Walters

The famed journalist and View co-host suffered three miscarriages before deciding to adopt daughter Jackie.

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Emma Thompson

After a soul–crushing miscarriage, the actress put her career on hold for children. "I test myself by saying, 'When I'm on my deathbed, will I regret not having taken this or that job?' " Thompson said. "It's very rare that the answer is 'Yes.' " She gave birth to daughter Gaia in 1999 and adopted son Tindy, a Rawandan refugee, seven years later.

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Kirstie Alley

The actress’s dramatic weight gain began after a miscarriage in the early 90s. “When the baby was gone, I just didn’t really get over it. I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children…that’s when I began to get fat."  Alley has since adopted two children; William, 12 and Lillie, 10.

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Jane Seymour

The Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman star gave birth to twins at the age of 45 with the help of fertility treatments. She had suffered two miscarriages prior.

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Sherri Shepherd

The View co-host gave birth to son Jeffrey after a successful IVF treatment. “You go through guilt that something is wrong with you, or maybe you waited too long," Shepherd said.  “It was a lot of shots, a lot of false pregnancies, and a lot of tears.”

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Sharon Stone

Stone reportedly suffered numerous miscarriages while married to ex-husband Phil Bronstein. The actress then chose adoption— and now is proud mother to sons Roan, Laird and Quinn.


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First Published October 25, 2011

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