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Marcia Cross tried IVF and donor eggs


Marcia Cross is a familiar face on US television, starring as the smouldering red-head Bree in popular sitcom Desperate Housewives. But like many women today, Marcia chose to establish her career before having children, at the expense of her fertility. And although she is now a happy mother of twin girls Savannah and Eden, the star has been quick to admit that the journey has not been easy.

In 2006, Cross married stockbroker Tom Mahoney and the couple, desperate to conceive, reportedly skipped their honeymoon in order to begin fertility treatment.

According to Female First, the actress stated: „We decided to skip our honeymoon and try In Vitro after the wedding. I had already been through infertility treatments. It’s very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s. It’s costly and tough on your body and your relationship.“

Cross, who gave birth to her twins in 2007, also said that she probably wouldn’t have anymore kids, but couldn’t rule out the possibility of adopting, and admitted she wishes she had become a mother earlier:

“I wish that I’d had my girls in my 30s. Then I could be around longer for them. But they’re an incentive for me to stay healthy, take care of myself, and live as long as possible.“

Contrary to many online sources, Marcia Cross finally conceived thanks to an egg donor and not via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Fertility specialist Dr. Randy S. Morris has praised the actress’s openness regarding her situation.

Marcia Cross used donor eggs to get pregnant

According to I Am More Than My Infertility, Expo Say cited the star: “I don’t like the average woman being misled into thinking that fertility is something that goes on forever. When a woman gets older, they get a donor egg, which doesn’t make the baby any less beautiful or perfect. One’s own eggs only last so long, and sometimes at 43 or 44 you can have your own baby, but statistically it’s very difficult and expensive. You don’t want to wait that long.”

Dr. Morris urges that it is “deceptive and harmful“ for celebrities in their 40s and 50s to state that they got pregnant using their own eggs when in reality they used donor eggs. The expert questions why it is harmful to make such information public when it prevents millions of women from thinking that their chances of conceiving in a similar situation are higher than they actually are.

“In fact, nationwide there are almost no pregnancies from IVF in women over age 45 who use their own eggs,“ Dr. Morris adds, “The pregnancy rates in women over age 42 using their own eggs is in the low single digits.“

Actress Halle Berry conceived successfully through IVF and through Artificial Insemination and Courteney Cox-Arquette used the former to get pregnant.

Images: Wikimedia Commons

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