While Chrissy Teigen might have gained notoriety as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model or as the bartender on Lip Sync Battle, it is important to remember even one of the world’s most beautiful women still struggles with issues that many women experience. Infertility, which can also be construed as an impaired ability to conceive or carry a child to full term, is something that 6.7 million women in the United States struggle with, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chrissy Teigen admitted that she and husband John Legend have been to see medical specialists about their struggles.
Chrissy Teigen expressed her appreciation for the support she has received in the wake of her revelation that she has had to seek the help of medical specialists regarding her fertility challenges. She noted that her willingness to speak out about infertility with FABLife host Tyra Banks, who acknowledged her own issues in trying to conceive, had inspired others to do the same.
…it makes me really happy that by @tyrabanks and I sharing our stories and struggles, a lot of you feel like you can do the same…
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 18, 2015
To be sure, Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks are only two of several million who have tried fertility assistance or other reproductive technologies over the years in order to conceive and have a family. Chrissy Teigen also remarked that it had truly been a struggle dealing with a variety of well-meaning people who continue to ask when she and Legend will have children.
“I can’t imagine being that nosy, like, ‘When are the kids coming?’ because who knows what somebody’s going through, who knows if somebody’s struggling?” she asked, according to Us. “I would say, honestly, [that] John and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened, but my gosh, it’s been a process.”
With the cost of one IVF cycle hitting anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 US, according to Fortune, Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks find themselves in pursuit of what many others have fought for – the ability to have a child – but unlike many who struggle with fertility, Chrissy Teigen can also help bring a public face to the problem that so many face because she is so well known.
According to Fortune, there are many companies that are now offering coverage for female employees wanting to freeze their eggs. However, the chances of this egg freezing leading to a live birth are 2 percent to 12 percent – statistics that are a bit daunting, particularly for women such as Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks, who openly acknowledged their struggles with fertility.
In discussing infertility and IVF as openly as they have done, though, Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks have removed some of the stigma associated with the medical issue. While both have been lauded for their beauty and their captivating good looks, both should also be saluted for their willingness to talk so openly about something that so many have struggled to discuss and accept.
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