Fertility struggles can feel heartbreaking — and endless. But keeping them a secret can feel like the worst part of all; it’s unfair for any hopeful would-be parent to feel like they’re going through this battle alone. And yet despite the fact that an estimated 10 percent of women (6.1 million) struggle with infertility in the United States, it’s still a topic — along with also-super-common miscarriage — that many feel uncomfortable discussing. Enter: These outspoken celebs who are stepping up to break the taboo.
From Chrissy Teigen to Gabrielle Union, plenty of Hollywood’s major stars have gone public with their personal fertility challenges: from IVF treatments to using surrogates. By opening up the conversation, they’re helping to make others understand they aren’t alone in this often exhausting and heart-wrenching experience. Because even though the struggle to start a family might be ongoing, there is comfort in knowing there are others journeying along with you.
A version of this story was originally published in August 2016.