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The View Takes on Infertility


a blog by the editors, Feb. 26, 2010

Yesterday’s edition of the talk show The View focused solely on infertility. The show featured celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who are just getting ready for their first IVF following failed IUI cycles, Dr. Jamie Grifo, a fertility specialist at NYU Fertility Center, and two couples and a recently divorced woman who have infertility.

[Watch the full episode. Watch Giuliana and Bill's segment.]

The ladies of The View also talked about their own experiences with infertility. Barbara Walters adopted her daughter following three miscarriages. Sherri Shepherd had her son via IVF treatment following a failed IUI cycle and Clomid treatment. (She’s 42 and wants to have more children. She asked about freezing her eggs, but Dr. Grifo explained that at her age, she’s not a good candidate.) Elisabeth Hasselbeck had trouble getting pregnant until she realized she had Celiac Disease, and went on a gluten-free diet. She now has three children. Joy Behar had an ectopic pregnancy that almost cost her her life when her fallopian tube burst and caused internal bleeding. She has one daughter.

Some of this episode of The View was great and some of it was just plain awkward. There were a couple of “why don’t you just adopt?” moments. That’s never good. And with all due respect to Barbara Walters, she had a hard time understanding a couple of scenarios.

But my overall take-away? I praise all the women and men who went on the program to talk about a very personal issue. I’m really happy to see an open, honest dialogue about infertility: that male infertility is as prevalent as female infertility; that fertility treatments are expensive, that most infertility treatments aren’t covered by insurance; that infertility can be hard on your marriage; that having babies in your late 30s and into your 40s isn’t easy.

Yes! We need to talk more about the fact that age affects fertility!

I hope women who are trying to conceive, or who hope to one day, are listening.

Jennifer A. Redmond

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