Michelle Obama’s IVF Journey

by jalkire on November 30, 2018

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Michelle Obama has accomplished a lot in her life to date. She recently shared with the world her years of struggle with infertility issues more than 20 years ago. What Mrs. Obama realized was that no matter how successful and educated you are or how much you love your partner, infertility can affect anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant or conceive after one year (or longer) of having unprotected sex. The CDC estimates that 12% of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

The Obamas had tried to get pregnant and they succeeded at one point, but weeks later Mrs. Obama miscarried. Mrs. Obama admitted feeling “lost and alone”. The former First Lady felt like she failed because she did not know how common miscarriage was since it was a topic no one talked about. Couples struggling with the difficulty of miscarriage and infertility don’t always have an outlet to talk to about the suffering they are going through. Couples that are silent about infertility can create even more painful situation for themselves, including shame and frustration as months, then years pass without getting pregnant. Not talking about infertility can disconnect couples from the important people in their life who can provide support. What helped Mrs. Obama, in fact, was talking about her painful loss with her female friends, who in turn also shared their own experience with miscarriage.

What the former First Lady realized was that her biological clock was real and ticking. At about 34 years of age, the couple decided to try in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to have a baby. Michelle Obama endured hormone treatments, blood draws, and many clinical appointments. She was determined to get pregnant. With the help of successful IVF treatments, the Obamas were able to have two healthy daughters. According to the CDC, more than 8 million babies were born using IVF.

Mrs. Obama has shed light on the topic of infertility and IVF. The conversations are now happening more and more and there is less reason to be silent or ashamed. Contact Family Creations, an egg donation and surrogacy agency, to find out about options to build your family.

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