a blog by Claire, May 14, 2013
In an interview with Joy Behar, actress Elisabeth Rohm discussed her emotional struggle with infertility, and the proactive steps all women should take to best understand their fertility.
Rohm’s new book “Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected)” speculates about the incidence of infertility for women in their 30s and 40s, and talks about Rohm’s personal experiences with in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive her daughter, Easton.
“One of the things I would love more than anything to happen is that women, starting at 30, know that every year they need to check their hormone levels and check their ovarian reserve,” Rohm states. She encourages women to take matters into their own hands to raise awareness and reduce the risk of age-related infertility. Fertility declines rapidly with age, with 35 being the benchmark age at which fertility makes the most significant drop.
Behar praised Rohm for being one of the few celebrities who opens up about their struggle with infertility. Both women addressed some of the misconceptions about fertility based on the Hollywood portrayal of smooth sailing into pregnancy and motherhood for actresses well into their 40s.