The media shows plenty of Hollywood stars having babies in their 40s, but are they telling the whole story?
For many it is exciting to hear about the celebrities they adore having babies. Like many women in the society at large, many celebrities have chosen to delay having children for a variety of reasons. It should come at surprise, then, that many of the celebrity moms depicted in the magazines are in their 40s.
Knowing how women trying to start a family (or growing her current family) as they get older face an uphill battle, are the media who cover these stories doing a disservice to women's reproductive health?
This is what they found:
- There were 1,894 references to pregnancy or fertility
- 1/3 of the issues had cover stories related to fertility
- There 240 celebrities, who averaged age 35
- Only 2 articles on 40+ year olds using donor eggs
- There were 10 stories about adoption and 5 about using a gestational carrier. Not one of these mentioned that they had previously suffered from infertility
It is understandable that a celebrity (or anyone else for that matter) would not want to share the very personal details of what it is like to go through fertility testing and treatment. Still, the stories presented to the public are far from complete. While there is nothing that appears to be inaccurate in the articles, they present an unrealistic view of normal fertility after 35.
Modern fertility treatments have revolutionized the ability of couples suffering from infertility to get pregnant, but it has not been able to eliminate reproductive aging. Implying that waiting to have children is not harmful to your fertility through human interest stories is doing a disservice to women.